Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
203. THE OLIVE TREE AND THE FIG TREE
Perry 413 (Syntipas
When a fig tree lost all her leaves during the winter, a nearby olive
tree made fun of her nakedness. 'In both winter and summer,' the olive
tree said, 'I am beautifully adorned with leaves, ever green with new
life, whereas your beauty lasts only as long as the summer.' While the
olive tree was boasting, a thunderbolt suddenly fell from the sky and
burned her to cinders, while the fig tree stood there safe and sound.
The fable shows that people who boast of their wealth or their fortune
can meet with unexpected disaster.
Note: In Aphthonius 22, it is a
snowstorm that destroys the olive tree: the snow gets caught in its
leaves and breaks off the branches.
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.