Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
182. ZEUS AND APOLLO
Perry 104 (Babrius
As he made a distant shot with his bow and arrow, Apollo said to the
gods, 'No one can shoot farther than I, not even Zeus.' Zeus played along
and agreed to a contest. Hermes shook the lots in the helmet of Ares.
The lot fell to Apollo, who went first, flexing the golden bowstring and
swiftly letting loose an arrow which landed inside the Garden of the Hesperides.
Zeus then covered the same distance in a single stride and stood there
asking, 'Where should I shoot my arrow, son? There's nowhere for me to
stand.' So it was that Zeus won the archery contest without even taking
was the Greek god of war (Roman Mars).
The Hesperides were the daughters of Atlas, and together with a dragon
they guarded a tree of golden apples in a garden at the western edge
of the world.
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.