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Fable of the Day (Greek): The Poor Man and Death

Ἄνθρωπος πένης καὶ Θάνατος

Another fable from Syntipas - check out the GreekAesop wiki for more information about Syntipas and his fables! I've included the text and a segmented version here; for grammar notes and more information, please visit the wiki. Here is Fable 2.

The Poor Man and Death = Perry 60 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 484)

Ἄνθρωπός τις ἦν πένης, ὃς καὶ ξύλων γόμον ἐπὶ τῶν νώτων ἐβάσταζε. κατὰ δὲ τὴν ὁδοιπορίαν ἰλιγγιάσας ἐκαθέσθη καὶ τὸν γόμον κατέθετο καὶ τὸν Θάνατον οἰκτρῶς ἐνεκαλεῖτο, λέγων “ὦ Θάνατε.” αὐτίκα γοῦν ὁ Θάνατος ἔφθασε καὶ πρὸς αὐτὸν ἔφη “τίνος χάριν ἐκάλεσάς με;” λέγει πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ ἀνήρ “ἵνα τὸν γόμον ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς συνεξάρῃς μοι.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὅτι πάντες ἄνθρωποι φιλόζῳοι τυγχάνουσιν, εἰ καὶ θλίψεσι καὶ ἀνάγκαις συνέχονται.

From Ben Perry’s Aesopica (Urbana IL: 1952).

Segmented text for easier reading:

Ἄνθρωπός τις ἦν

πένης,

ὃς καὶ ξύλων γόμον

ἐπὶ τῶν νώτων ἐβάσταζε.

κατὰ δὲ τὴν ὁδοιπορίαν

ἰλιγγιάσας

ἐκαθέσθη

καὶ τὸν γόμον κατέθετο

καὶ τὸν Θάνατον οἰκτρῶς ἐνεκαλεῖτο,

λέγων

“ὦ Θάνατε.”

αὐτίκα γοῦν

ὁ Θάνατος ἔφθασε

καὶ πρὸς αὐτὸν ἔφη

“τίνος χάριν

ἐκάλεσάς με;”

λέγει πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ ἀνήρ

“ἵνα τὸν γόμον ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς συνεξάρῃς μοι.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὅτι

πάντες ἄνθρωποι

φιλόζῳοι τυγχάνουσιν,

εἰ καὶ θλίψεσι καὶ ἀνάγκαις συνέχονται.

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