Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
458. THE RUNAWAY SLAVE IN THE MILL
Perry 440 (Plutarch,
Advice on Marriage 41.144a)
A man finally caught sight of his runaway slave and started chasing him.
The slave ran straight into the mill and his master said, 'Where better
could I have hoped to have found you!'
Note: Slaves were regularly punished by being sent to turn the millstones
together with the draught animals (compare Plautus,
Persa 22, when one of the slaves is boasting about his punishment:
'I've moved up the chain, so to speak, of command: they've made me chief
whipping-boy at the mill!').
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.