Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
541. SOCRATES AND THE SLAVE
Perry 554 (Phaedrus
Socrates was being rudely addressed by a slave who had actually seduced
his master's wife, a fact which Socrates knew to be familiar to the people
who were present. Socrates therefore said to the slave, 'You are pleased
with yourself because you are pleasing to someone whom you ought not to
please, but don't think you will escape unpunished, because you are not
pleasing the person whom you really ought to please!'
Note: There is a promythium appended to the fable in Perotti's
Appendix: 'No curse weighs more heavily than a guilty conscience.'
For another fable about Socrates in Phaedrus, 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.