Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
195. THE SOW AND THE LIONESS
Perry 257 (Chambry
The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets
loudly accosted a lioness, 'How many children do you breed?' asked the
sow. 'I breed only one,' said the lioness, 'but he is very well bred!'
The fable shows that a single man who is remarkable for physical strength
and bravery and wisdom is mightier than many weak and foolish people.
Note: Other versions of this fable (included in Chambry's first edition
of the Greek fables) feature a fox, not a sow, debating with the lioness.
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.