Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
172. APOLLO AND THE SNAKE
Perry 198 (Syntipas
A creeping snake who had been stepped on by many people made his way
to the temple of Apollo and went inside. Apollo immediately explained
to the snake, 'If you had simply killed the first person who stepped on
you, no one would ever have dared to step on you again!'
The story shows that if people who have previously committed a crime
are swiftly punished, then others will become afraid on their account.
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.