Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
532. PLEASURE AND PAIN
Perry 445 (Plato,
Socrates said, 'If Aesop had thought about pleasure and pain, he would
have composed a fable about how when Pleasure and Pain were at war with
one another, the god wanted to reconcile them. But as he was not able
to do that, he joined them together at the head, which is why when you
meet with either pleasure or pain, the other one soon follows.'
Note: As recounted in Plato's
Phaedo, Socrates is supposed to have composed Aesopic fables in
verse while he was in prison, awaiting execution.
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.