Fables 001-083 (Aesop)

Fables of Aesop, 1 to 83 of the Halm collection, by Ioannis Stratakis

Fables of Aesop, 1 to 83 of the Halm collection, by Ioannis Stratakis

This is the first part of the Halm collection of Aesop’s Fables, consisting of the first 106 stories, in the order of the standard Teubner edition of this work. All Aesopian fables of the collection shall be published in 5 parts within 2020.
I have chosen to record the readings of this edition, since the Chambry collection (parts which I have published some years ago) needs lots of interesting but distracting philological work, wherefore I unfortunately don’t have time to dedicate.
The new series, when complete totals 529 fables.

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003 – Ἀγροῖκος καὶ ὀνάρια

Γεωργός τις ἐπ᾽ ἀγροῦ γεγηρακώς, ἐπεὶ μηδέποτε εἰσῆλθεν εἰς ἄστυ, παρεκάλει τοὺς οἰκείους τοῦτο θεάσασθαι. Οἰ δὲ ζεύξαντες ὀνάρια καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς ἀπήνης αὐτὸν ἀναβιβασάμενοι, μόνον ἐκέλευσαν ἐλαύνειν. Ὁδεύοντι δὲ χειμῶνος καὶ θυέλλης τὸν ἀέρα καταλαβόντων καὶ ζόφου γενομένου, τὰ ὀνάρια τῆς ὁδοῦ πλανηθέντα εἴς τινα κρημνὸν ἐξετόπισαν τὸν πρεσβύτην. Ὁ δὲ μέλλων ἤδη κατακρημνίζεσθαι «ὦ Ζεῦ,» εἶπε «τί ποτέ σε ἠδίκησα, ὅτι οὕτω παρὰ λόγον ἀπόλλυμαι, καὶ ταῦτα οὔθ᾽ ὑφ᾽ ἵππων γενναίων οὔθ᾽ ἡμιόνων ἀγαθῶν, ἀλλ᾽ ὀναρίων εὐτελεστάτων;»

004 – Ἀετός

Ὑπεράνωθεν πέτρας ἀετὸς ἐκαθέζετο, λαγωὸν θηρεῦσαι ζητῶν. Τοῦτον δέ τις ἔβαλε τοξεύσας· καὶ τὸ μὲν βέλος ἐντὸς αὐτοῦ εἰσῆλθεν, ἡ δὲ γλυφὶς σὺν τοῖς πτεροῖς πρὸ τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν εἱστήκει. Ὁ δὲ ἰδὼν ἔφη: «Καὶ τοῦτο μοι ἑτέρα λύπη τὸ τοῖς ἰδίοις πτεροῖς ἐναποθνήσκειν.»
Ὁ μῦθος δηλοῖ, ὅτι δεινόν ἐστιν, ὅταν τις ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων κινδυνεύσῃ.

010 – Ἀηδὼν καὶ χελιδών

Ἀηδόνι συνεβούλευε χελιδὼν τοῖς ἀνθρώποις εἶναι ὁμόροφον και σύνοικον, ὡς αὐτή. Ἡ δὲ εἶπεν: «Οὐ θέλω τὴν λύπην τῶν παλαιῶν μου συμφορῶν μεμνῆσθαι καὶ διὰ τοῦτο τὰ ἐρήμους οἰκῶ.» Τὸν λυπηθέντα ἔκ τινος τύχης καὶ τὸν τόπον φεύγειν θέλειν, ἔνθα ἡ λύπη συνέβη.

023 – Αἴσωπος καὶ κύων

Αἴσωπον ἀπὸ δείπνου βαδίζον θ᾽ ἑσπέρας
θρασεῖα καὶ μεθύση τις ὑλάκτει κύων.
Κἄπειτ᾽ ἐκεῖνος εἶπεν: «Ὦ κύον, κύον,
εἰ νὴ Δί᾽ ἀντὶ τῆς κακῆς γλώττης ποθὲν
πυροὺς πρίαιο, σωφρονεῖν ἄν μοι δοκοῖς.»

079 – Βόες καὶ ἄξονες

Βόες ἅμαξαν εἷλκον· τοῦ δὲ ἄξονος τρίζοντος ἐπιστραφέντες ἔφασαν οὕτως πρὸς αὐτόν: «Ὦ οὗτος, ἡμῶν τὸ ὅλον βάρος φερόντων σὺ τί κράζεις;»
Οὕτω καὶ ἔνιοι ἑτέρων μοχθούντων αὐτοὶ προσποιοῦνται κάμνειν.

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