Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
568. ZEUS AND THE DONKEYS
Perry 185 (Chambry
The donkeys were tired of being burdened with burdens and labouring all
the days of their lives, so they sent ambassadors to Zeus, asking him
to release them from their toil. Zeus, wanting to show them that they
had asked for something impossible, said that their suffering would come
to an end on the day when they pissed a river. The donkeys took him seriously
and to this day whenever donkeys see where another donkey has pissed,
they come to a halt and piss in the same place.
The fable shows that a person cannot escape his allotted fate.
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.