Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
367. THE EUNUCH AND THE FORTUNE-TELLER
Perry 310 (Babrius
A eunuch went to a fortune-teller to find out whether he would ever have
children. The fortune-teller sacrificed an animal and spread out its liver
for examination. He then said, 'When I look into the liver, I see that
you will be a father, but when I look upon your face, you do not even
appear to be a man!'
Note: For another fable about a eunuch, see Fable
595. The practice of consulting the liver of an animal as a means
of predicting the future was widespread in the ancient Mediterranean
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.