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Author: Phaedrus - 41 AD

Translated into English
  by Maarten Janssen - 2014

Translated from (Latin):
Vacca et capella, ovis et leo

Country of origin: Italy

Based on The Wild Ass and the Lion (Aesop)


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The Cow, the Goat, the Sheep, and the Lion

Phaedrus / Maarten Janssen

There is no safety in allying with the strongest, and here is a story to show it.
A cow, a goat and a sheep were associated with the Lion in the forest. They caught a large deer and the Lion distributed it saying:
- They call me the king of the forest, so the first part is mine; you should give me the second part because I am your partner; the third part is for me for the strength I possess; and the fourth, woe to anyone who touches it!
And so, he dishonestly took it all.