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Χελιδὼν καὶ κόραξ

The Swallow and The Raven = Perry 229 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 192)

Χελιδὼν καὶ κόραξ περὶ κάλλους ἀλλήλοις ἐμάχοντο. καί φησιν ὁ κόραξ τῇ χελιδόνι “τὸ σὸν κάλλος ἐν μόνῳ τῷ ἔαρι καταφαίνεται, ἐν δὲ τῷ τοῦ χειμῶνος καιρῷ οὐ δύναται πρὸς τὸ ψῦχος ἀντισχεῖν· τὸ δὲ ἐμὸν σῶμα καὶ τῷ κρύει τοῦ χειμῶνος καὶ τῷ καύσωνι τοῦ θέρους γενναίως ἀνθίσταται.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὅτι ὑγεῖα καὶ ἰσχὺς σώματος κρείττων κάλλους καὶ ὡραιότητος πέφυκε.

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

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Χελιδὼν καὶ κόραξ

περὶ κάλλους

ἀλλήλοις ἐμάχοντο.

καί φησιν ὁ κόραξ τῇ χελιδόνι

“τὸ σὸν κάλλος

ἐν μόνῳ τῷ ἔαρι καταφαίνεται,

ἐν δὲ τῷ τοῦ χειμῶνος καιρῷ

οὐ δύναται

πρὸς τὸ ψῦχος ἀντισχεῖν·

τὸ δὲ ἐμὸν σῶμα

καὶ τῷ κρύει τοῦ χειμῶνος

καὶ τῷ καύσωνι τοῦ θέρους

γενναίως ἀνθίσταται.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὅτι

ὑγεῖα καὶ ἰσχὺς σώματος

κρείττων

κάλλους καὶ ὡραιότητος

πέφυκε.

Grammatical notes and comments:

Χελιδὼν καὶ κόραξ

περὶ κάλλους

ἀλλήλοις ἐμάχοντο.

καί φησιν ὁ κόραξ τῇ χελιδόνι

“τὸ σὸν κάλλος

ἐν μόνῳ τῷ ἔαρι καταφαίνεται,

ἐν δὲ τῷ τοῦ χειμῶνος καιρῷ

οὐ δύναται

πρὸς τὸ ψῦχος ἀντισχεῖν·

τὸ δὲ ἐμὸν σῶμα

καὶ τῷ κρύει τοῦ χειμῶνος

  • καὶ τῷ καύσωνι τοῦ θέρους - notice the καὶ...καὶ construction

γενναίως ἀνθίσταται.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὅτι

ὑγεῖα καὶ ἰσχὺς σώματος

κρείττων

  • κάλλους καὶ ὡραιότητος - genitives of comparison with κρείττων

πέφυκε.

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