Friday Fable. Aesop’s “THE CHARIOT DRIVER”*

Posted by jlubans on December 07, 2012

“A man of Sybaris fell out of his chariot and hit his head on the ground, since he was not a very experienced driver. Another man who was a friend of his came up and said, 'Everybody should stick to what he knows!'”
While this is a mild kind of joke, an “I told you so” rebuke, Aesop’s razor-sharp tongue did get him into trouble. Dale Carnegie would have had his hands full.
Caption: A woodcut from the 1489 Spanish edition of "La vida del Ysopet con sus fabulas historiadas" depicts the death of Aesop.
One insult that may have gone too far was Aesop’s reminding the people of Delphi that they were descendents of slaves and therefore were “the slaves of all the (free) Greeks!” The Delphians flung Aesop off a cliff.
While I did not get tossed off a cliff, there were things I said in jest (hardy, har, har) at work that were not the most judicious. Slow learner!
*Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.

Blog hits exceeded 250,000 today, December 7, 2012. Early on there were about 300 hits per day; now the number varies between 600 to over 1,000.
This week, the daily rates are back to more "normal" levels, around 500; one wonders if usage is linked to school semesters and assignments?
PS. Vermont Law School is one of several law school libraries that have the book. Maybe because of its seditious nature?

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