Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
329. THE BEAUTY CONTEST OF THE BIRDS
Perry 101 (Aphthonius
A story about a jackdaw, urging us to hate arrogance.
A beauty contest was held and all the birds went to be judged by Zeus.
Hermes fixed the appointed day and the birds flocked to the rivers and
ponds where they shed their shabby feathers and preened their finer ones.
The jackdaw, however, had no natural advantages to commend his appearance,
so he decorated himself with the feathers that had been cast aside by
the other birds. The owl alone recognized her own feathers and took them
away from the jackdaw, and she incited the other birds to do the same.
When the jackdaw had been stripped bare by everyone, he went before the
judgment of Zeus naked.
Adornments that do not belong to you can lead to humiliation.
Note: For the beauty contest of the animals, see Fable
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.