Unwounded Unto Death

Michael Apostolius, Paroimiai: 

“’You remained unwounded like Kaineus.’ – They say this because Kaineus was unwounded. Whoever understands this to mean simply a man unwounded by iron is simple-minded. Here’s the truth: Kaineus was a Thessalian by birth, good at war and knowing damn well how to fight. Though he fought in many battles, he was never wounded, nor did he die in the battle which he fought with the Lapiths against the Centaurs. Rather, they took him alone and smothered him, and he thus died in captivity. The Lapiths took his body back, and finding it unharmed, they say that he was unwounded throughout his life, and finally died unwounded.”

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῎Ατρωτος ὑπάρχεις ὡς ὁ Καινεύς: λέγουσι γὰρ ὅτι οὗτος ἄτρωτος ἦν· ὃς δ’ ὑπολαμβάνει ἄτρωτον ἀπὸ σιδήρου ἄνθρωπον, εὐήθης ἐστίν· ἡ δὲ ἀλήθεια ἔχει οὕτως·  Καινεὺς ἦν Θετταλὸς τῷ γένει, ἀγαθὸς τὰ πολεμικὰ καὶ ἐπιστήμων τοῦ μάχεσθαι· γενόμενος δὲ ἐν πολλαῖς μάχαις οὐδέποτε ἐτρώθη, οὔτε Λαπίθαις συμμαχῶν πρὸς τῶν Κενταύρων ἀπέθανεν, ἀλλὰ συλλαβόντες αὐτὸν μόνον κατέχωσαν, καὶ οὕτως ἐτελεύτησεν. ἔλεγον οὖν οἱ Λαπίθαι ἀνελόμενοι τὸν νεκρὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ εὑρόντες μὴ τετρωμένον τὸ σῶμα, Καινεὺς τόν γε ἄλλον βίον ἄτρωτος ἦν καὶ ἀπέθανεν ἄτρωτος.

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