Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
513. ZEUS AND THE ANT
Perry 166 (Chambry
Long ago, the creature who is today an ant used to be a man who was always
busy farming. Still, he was not satisfied with the results of his own
labour, so he would steal from his neighbours' crops. Zeus became angry
at his greedy behaviour and turned him into the animal that now has the
name of 'ant.' Yet even though the man changed his shape, he did not change
his habits, and even now he goes around the fields gathering the fruits
of other people's labour, storing them up for himself.
The fable shows that when someone with a wicked nature changes his
appearance, his behaviour remains the same.
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.