Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
168. THE MURDERER AND THE NILE
Perry 32 (Chambry
A man had committed a murder and was being pursued by the victim's relatives.
He reached the river Nile and when he found a lion there, he was afraid
and climbed up a tree; in the tree, he saw a snake and was practically
scared to death, so he threw himself into the river, where a crocodile
The story is for people who commit murders: neither earth nor air nor
water nor any other place will be able to protect them.
Note: Other versions of this fable (included in Chambry's first edition
of the Greek fables) feature a wolf instead of a lion.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.