Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
533. WAR AND HIS BRIDE
Perry 367 (Babrius
The gods were getting married. One after another, they all got hitched,
until finally it was time for War to draw his lot, the last of the bachelors.
Hubris, or Reckless Pride, became his wife, since she was the only one
left without a husband. They say War loved Hubris with such abandon that
he still follows her everywhere she goes. So do not ever allow Hubris
to come upon the nations or cities of mankind, smiling fondly at the crowds,
because War will be coming right behind her.
Note: Hubris is a Greek word meaning reckless pride or insolence; as
a feminine noun, hubris is, allegorically, a woman.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.