Aesop’s Fables

Author: Aesop  | Date: 550 BC

The Lion And The Wild Ass

A LION and a Wild Ass went out hunting together: the latter was to run down the prey by his superior speed, and the former would then come up and despatch it. They met with great success; and when it came to sharing the spoil the Lion divided it all into three equal portions. "I will take the first," said he, "because I am King of the beasts; I will also take the second, because, as your partner, I am entitled to half of what remains; and as for the third- well, unless you give it up to me and take yourself off pretty quick, the third, believe me, will make you feel very sorry for yourself!"

Might makes right.



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Chicago: Aesop, "The Lion and the Wild Ass," Aesop’s Fables, trans. V. S. Vernon Jones Original Sources, accessed May 31, 2023,

MLA: Aesop. "The Lion and the Wild Ass." Aesop’s Fables, translted by V. S. Vernon Jones, Original Sources. 31 May. 2023.

Harvard: Aesop, 'The Lion and the Wild Ass' in Aesop’s Fables, trans. . Original Sources, retrieved 31 May 2023, from