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: De Anguilla conquerente quod magis quam serpens infestaretur: The Eel, complaining that she is more harassed than the Snake, by Abstemius
Anguilla interrogabat serpentem, quare, cum similes essent atque cognati, homines tamen se potius quam illum insequerentur. Cui serpens: "Quia raro (inquit) me quis laedit impune." Fabula indicat minus laedi solere qui sese ulciscuntur.
Here is a segmented version to help you see the grammatical patterns:
cum similes essent atque cognati,
potius quam illum
"Quia raro (inquit)
me quis laedit impune."
minus laedi solere
qui sese ulciscuntur.
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An eel asked a snake why, since they were similar to one another and kindred, people nevertheless persecuted the eel more than they did the snake. The snake said to her: "It's because rarely does anyone wound me unscathed." The fable shows that those who avenge themselves are less likely to be wounded.
[This translation is meant as a help in understanding the story, not as a "crib" for the Latin. I have not hesitated to change the syntax to make it flow more smoothly in English, altering the verb tense consistently to narrative past tense, etc.
: Abstemius 17 (You can see a 1499 edition of Abstemius
online, but I am doing my transcription from the 1568 edition of Aesopi fabulae
in the EEBO catalog.)
Another English translation.
Sir Roger L'Estrange included the fables of Abstemius in his amazing 17th-century edition of Aesop's fables. So, here is L'Estrange's translation
You and I are so alike, says the Eele to the Snake, that methinks we should be somewhat a-kin; and yet they that persecute me, are afraid of you. What should be the reason of this? Oh (says the Snake) because no body does me an Injury but I make him smart for't.
In all Controversies they come off best that keep their Adversaries in fear of a Revenge.
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