~ 133. Zeus and the Rabbit ~



The rabbit admired the horns on the head of the stag, so he prayed to Zeus to grant him the honor of horns.
"You have given other animals many gifts, but I have nothing except swiftness of foot. I would like to have horns just like the stag!"
Zeus agreed to the rabbit's request and placed horns upon his head.
The horns were very heavy, though, and the rabbit could barely move beneath their weight. He was no longer swift of foot as before, and he looked ridiculous.
The moral: Beware of honors that do you dishonor in the end.

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 163 in the book, which is Perry 658.


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