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Μύες καὶ γαλαῖ (Αἴσωπος)

Μύες καὶ γαλαῖ The Mice and the Weasels
Syntipas George Fyler Townsend
Ancient Greek English
Γαλαῖς ποτε καὶ μυσὶ μάχη συνεκροτεῖτο. ἡττώμενοι δὲ κατὰ κράτος οἱ μύες, καὶ γνόντες ἐξ ἀτονίας πάντως καὶ δειλίας ἡττᾶσθαι, σατράπας ἑαυτοῖς καὶ τῆς μάχης ἀρχηγοὺς κεχειροτονήκασιν. οἱ δὲ σάτραπαι ἐμφανέστεροι θελήσαντες καὶ θαρραλεώτεροι τῶν ἄλλων μυῶν καθίστασθαι, κέρατα ταῖς ἑαυτῶν κορυφαῖς περιέθεντο. εἶτα πάλιν αἱ γαλαῖ τοῖς μυσὶ προσβαλοῦσαι εἰς φυγὴν πάντας τρέπουσι· καὶ οἱ μὲν ἄλλοι μύες φυγάδες γενόμενοι πρὸς τὰς ἑαυτῶν καταδύσεις εὐθὺς ῥᾳδίως εἰσέδυσαν, οἱ δὲ τούτων προέξαρκοι, μέχρι τῶν οπῶν καὶ οὓτοι ἐν τῷ φεύγειν φθάσαντες, τῆς ἐν αὐταῖς εἰσελεύσεως ὑπὸ τῶν κεράτων ἐκωλύοντο. καὶ τούτους αἱ γαλαῖ καταλαβοῦσαι ὀλέθρῳ παραδεδώκασιν.
Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς οἱ τοῖς ὅπλοις ἑαυτῶν τεθαρρηκότες, καὶ μὴ τὴν θείαν συμμαχίαν ἐπικαλεσάμενοι, ὑπ᾿ αὐτῶν δὴ καὶ τῶν κινδύνων ἐπισπῶνται.
THE WEASELS and the Mice waged a perpetual war with each other, in which much blood was shed. The Weasels were always the victors. The Mice thought that the cause of their frequent defeats was that they had no leaders set apart from the general army to command them, and that they were exposed to dangers from lack of discipline. They therefore chose as leaders Mice that were most renowned for their family descent, strength, and counsel, as well as those most noted for their courage in the fight, so that they might be better marshaled in battle array and formed into troops, regiments, and battalions. When all this was done, and the army disciplined, and the herald Mouse had duly proclaimed war by challenging the Weasels, the newly chosen generals bound their heads with straws, that they might be more conspicuous to all their troops. Scarcely had the battle begun, when a great rout overwhelmed the Mice, who scampered off as fast as they could to their holes. The generals, not being able to get in on account of the ornaments on their heads, were all captured and eaten by the Weasels. The more honor the more danger.

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