Aesop’s Fables

Author: Aesop  | Date: 550 BC

The Wolf And His Shadow

A WOLF, who was roaming about on the plain when the sun was getting low in the sky, was much impressed by the size of his shadow, and said to himself, "I had no idea I was so big. Fancy my being afraid of a lion! Why, I, not he, ought to be King of the beasts"; and, heedless of danger, he strutted about as if there could be no doubt at all about it. Just then a lion sprang upon him and began to devour him. "Alas," he cried, "had I not lost sight of the facts, I shouldn’t have been ruined by my fancies."



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Chicago: Aesop, "The Wolf and His Shadow," Aesop’s Fables, trans. V. S. Vernon Jones Original Sources, accessed July 18, 2024,

MLA: Aesop. "The Wolf and His Shadow." Aesop’s Fables, translted by V. S. Vernon Jones, Original Sources. 18 Jul. 2024.

Harvard: Aesop, 'The Wolf and His Shadow' in Aesop’s Fables, trans. . Original Sources, retrieved 18 July 2024, from