A Sailor, bound on a long voyage, took with him a Monkey to amuse
him while on shipboard.
As he sailed off the coast of Greece, a
violent tempest arose, in which the ship was wrecked, and he, his
Monkey and all the crew were obliged to swim for their lives.
Dolphin saw the Monkey contending with the waves, and supposing him
to be a man (whom he is always said to befriend), came and placed
himself under him, to convey him on his back in safety to the shore.
When the Dolphin arrived with his burden in sight of land not far
from Athens, he demanded of the Monkey if he were an Athenian, who
answered that he was, and that he was descended from one of the
noblest families in that city.
The Dolphin then inquired if he knew the Pirĉus (the famous harbor
The Monkey, supposing that a man was meant, and being
obliged to support his previous lie, answered that he knew him very
well, and that he was an intimate friend, who would, no doubt, be
very glad to see him.
The Dolphin, indignant at these falsehoods,
dipped the Monkey under the water, and drowned him.
Author of the Fable:
The Monkey and the Dolphin
Nationality of Aesop - Ethiopian or Greek or Greek
Lifespan of Aesop - He lived approximately 620 - 560 BC
Life of Aesop - Slave - Author of the book of fables
Famous Works - Aesop's Fable book featuring:
"The Goose With the Golden Eggs", "The Fisher",
"The Monkey and the Dolphin" and "The Sick Lion"
The Monkey and the Dolphin Fable
A Free Aesop's Fable with a moral for kids & children
He who once begins to tell falsehoods is obliged to tell others to make
them appear true,
and, sooner or later, they will get him into trouble.