~ 134. Aphrodite and the Cat ~



A young man fell in love with his cat, so he prayed to Aphrodite. "O Goddess of Love, please change my cat into a woman!"
Aphrodite agreed.
Before the young man's eyes, the cat transformed into a beautiful woman, and they got married.
But Aphrodite was curious. "I wonder if this woman will behave like a woman or like a cat." To find out, she tossed a mouse into the midst of the wedding festivities.
The bride let out a meow, got down on all fours, and started chasing the mouse.
Appalled, Aphrodite turned the woman back into a cat.

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 397 in the book, which is Perry 50.

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