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Κώνωψ καὶ ταῦρος

The Gnat and the Camel = Perry 137 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 224)

Κώνωψ τις ἐλθὼν ἐπὶ κέρατος ἔστη ταύρου τινός, πειρώμενος δῆθεν αὐτῷ ἄχθος ἐμποιῆσαί τι. τοῦ δὲ ταύρου παρ’ οὐδὲν αὐτὸν λογιζομένου, βουλόμενος ὁ κώνωψ ἐξ αὐτοῦ ἀποπτῆναι, καὶ βιάζων αὐτόν, ἔφη ὡς “εἴπερ ἐπαχθής σοι πέφυκα, πετασθήσομαι ἀπὸ σοῦ.” καὶ ὁ ταῦρος ἔφη τῷ κώνωπι “οὔτε ἐλθόντος σοῦ ᾐσθόμην, οὔτε ὑποχωροῦντά σε γνώσομαι.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς καὶ ἄνθρωποί τινες, εὐτελεῖς ἅμα καὶ ἄφρονες προδήλως τυγχάνοντες, δοκοῦσι καθ’ ἑαυτοὺς τῶν ἐν τιμῇ τε καὶ συνέσει διαπρεπόντων ὑπερέχειν.

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

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Κώνωψ τις

ἐλθὼν

ἐπὶ κέρατος ἔστη

ταύρου τινός,

πειρώμενος δῆθεν αὐτῷ

ἄχθος ἐμποιῆσαί τι.

τοῦ δὲ ταύρου

παρ’ οὐδὲν

αὐτὸν λογιζομένου,

βουλόμενος ὁ κώνωψ

ἐξ αὐτοῦ ἀποπτῆναι,

καὶ βιάζων αὐτόν,

ἔφη ὡς

“εἴπερ ἐπαχθής σοι πέφυκα,

πετασθήσομαι ἀπὸ σοῦ.”

καὶ ὁ ταῦρος ἔφη τῷ κώνωπι

“οὔτε ἐλθόντος σοῦ ᾐσθόμην,

οὔτε ὑποχωροῦντά σε γνώσομαι.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς

καὶ ἄνθρωποί τινες,

εὐτελεῖς ἅμα καὶ ἄφρονες

προδήλως τυγχάνοντες,

δοκοῦσι καθ’ ἑαυτοὺς

τῶν ἐν τιμῇ τε καὶ συνέσει διαπρεπόντων

ὑπερέχειν.

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