Aristophanes, Birds

LCL 179: 12-13

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Aristophanes

ΟΡΝΙΘΕΣ
ΕΥΕΛΠΙΔΗΣ

ὀρθὴν κελεύεις, ᾗ τὸ δένδρον φαίνεται;

ΠΕΙΣΕΤΑΙΡΟΣ

διαρραγείης. ἥδε δ᾿ αὖ κρώζει πάλιν.

ΕΥΕΛΠΙΔΗΣ

τί, ὦ πόνηρ᾿, ἄνω κάτω πλανύττομεν; ἀπολούμεθ᾿ ἄλλως τὴν ὁδὸν προφορουμένω.

ΠΕΙΣΕΤΑΙΡΟΣ

5τὸ δ᾿ ἐμὲ κορώνῃ πειθόμενον τὸν ἄθλιον ὁδοῦ περιελθεῖν στάδια πλεῖν ἢ χίλια.

ΕΥΕΛΠΙΔΗΣ

τὸ δ᾿ ἐμὲ κολοιῷ πειθόμενον τὸν δύσμορον ἀποσποδῆσαι τοὺς ὄνυχας τῶν δακτύλων.

  • 2–1761Πεισ- Dobree: Πεισθ- a
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Birds

Birds The stage is arrayed as a wooded, rocky landscape, and the scene building represents first the Hoopoe’s nest and later Peisetaerus’ house; before it is a thicket. peisetaerus, carrying a crow, and euelpides, carrying a jackdaw, enter by a side passage; behind them are their two Slaves, Xanthias and Manodorus, who carry the baggage.
Euelpides 1

(to his jackdaw) Is it straight ahead you’re pointing us, toward that tree over there?

Peisetaerus 2

(to his crow) Blast you! (to Euelpides) This one keeps croaking “go back!”

euelpides

Look, you wiseacre, what’s the point of our trekking back and forth? We’re goners if we keep rambling aimlessly every which way.

peisetaerus

I’m pitiful, letting a crow convince me to hike more than a hundred miles!

euelpides

And I’m hapless, letting a jackdaw convince me to pound the nails off my toes!

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aristophanes-birds.2000