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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

531. TRUTH IN THE WILDERNESS
Perry 355 (Babrius 126)

A man was journeying in the wilderness and he found Truth standing there all alone. He said to her, 'Ancient lady, why do you dwell here in the wilderness, leaving the city behind?' From the great depths of her wisdom, Truth replied, 'Among the people of old, lies were found among only a few, but now they have spread throughout all of human society!'

Note: An epimythium added to the fable reads: 'If you want to hear my opinion: the way people live these days is scandalous!


Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.