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Fable of the Day (Greek): The Weasel and The File

Γαλῆ καὶ ῥίνη

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. You can keep up with the latest Bestiaria posts by using the RSS feed, or you can subscribe by email. And now, here is Syntipas, Fable 5.

The Weasel and the File = Perry 59 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 304)

Γαλῆ τις ἐν χαλκευτικῷ εἰσελήλυθεν ἐργαστηρίῳ, κἀκεῖσε ῥίνον εὑροῦσα σιδηροῦν τοῦτον ἱκανῶς ἀνέλιχεν, ὥστε τὴν ἑαυτῆς ἀποτρίβεσθαι γλῶτταν καὶ δεινῶς ἐκδαμάζεσθαι καὶ ῥοὴν αἵματος ἀφιέναι. ἡ δὲ γαλῆ μᾶλλον ἐτέρπετο, δοκοῦσα δῆθεν τὸν σίδηρον ἐκβιβρώσκειν, ἕως ἡ ταύτης γλῶττα παντελῶς ἐκδεδαπάνηται.

Οὗτος ὁ μῦθος δηλοῖ ὅτι πράττων τις ἔργον ἀλυσιτελὲς ὡς ἐπωφελές, μᾶλλον καὶ τούτῳ δυσαποσπάστως προσκείμενος, εἰς ὕστερον ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ καταλυμαίνεται.

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Γαλῆ τις

ἐν χαλκευτικῷ εἰσελήλυθεν ἐργαστηρίῳ,

κἀκεῖσε ῥίνον εὑροῦσα σιδηροῦν

τοῦτον ἱκανῶς ἀνέλιχεν,

ὥστε τὴν ἑαυτῆς ἀποτρίβεσθαι γλῶτταν

καὶ δεινῶς ἐκδαμάζεσθαι

καὶ ῥοὴν αἵματος ἀφιέναι.

ἡ δὲ γαλῆ μᾶλλον ἐτέρπετο,

δοκοῦσα δῆθεν

τὸν σίδηρον ἐκβιβρώσκειν,

ἕως ἡ ταύτης γλῶττα

παντελῶς ἐκδεδαπάνηται.

Οὗτος ὁ μῦθος δηλοῖ ὅτι

πράττων τις ἔργον

ἀλυσιτελὲς ὡς ἐπωφελές,

μᾶλλον καὶ τούτῳ δυσαποσπάστως προσκείμενος,

εἰς ὕστερον ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ καταλυμαίνεται.

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