Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
571. AESOP AND THE BITCH
Perry 423 (Aristophanes,
Wasps 1401 ff.)
It was evening, and Aesop was on his way home from a dinner when a drunken
bitch made so bold as to start barking at him. Aesop then said to her,
'Bitch, bitch, if you had any intelligence at all, you would trade in
that wicked tongue of yours and buy some wheat instead!'
Note: As van Dijk notes (17F2), this fable depends on the negative
reputation of bread-sellers in Greek culture, who were something like
the proverbial fishwife in English.
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.