HERMES AND THE DOG
There was a four-cornered statue of Hermes by the side of the road, with a heap
of stones piled at its base. A dog approached the statue and said to it, 'To
begin with, Hermes, I salute you! And now I am going to anoint you, since I
cannot let a god go by without anointing him, much less a god of the athletes.'
Hermes said to the dog, 'If you can just leave the oil alone and not pee on
me, I shall be grateful enough; you do not need to honour me in any other way!'