Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
59. THE TWO BULLS AND THE LION
Perry 372 (Syntipas
A lion was attacking two bulls, hoping to make a meal of them. The bulls,
however, both opposed the lion with their horns. Once they had taken their
stand, the bulls did not allow the lion to come between them. When the
lion saw that he was powerless against the two bulls together, he slyly
spoke to one of them and said, 'If you hand your partner over to me, I
will keep you safe from harm.' In this way, he was able to seize both
of the bulls.
This fable shows that the same is true of cities and people: when they
are in agreement with one another, they do not allow their enemies to
defeat them, but if they refuse to cooperate, it is an easy matter for
their enemies to destroy them.
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.