Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
520. HERMES AND THE DOSE OF INTELLIGENCE
Perry 108 (Chambry
After Zeus had fashioned the human race, he ordered Hermes to give them
intelligence. Hermes divided intelligence into equal portions and then
applied it to each person. The result was that short people became wise,
since they were more completely suffused with the standard dose of intelligence,
while the tall people turned out stupid, since the potion that was poured
into their bodies did not even reach as high as their knees.
This fable is suitable for a man who is physically large but whose
mind is lacking in reason.
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.