Aesops Fable

Hercules and the Waggoner - An Aesop's Fable

Moral of Aesops Fable: The gods help them that help themselves

Hercules and the Waggoner Fable 
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A Waggoner was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way.

At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels.

So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong.

"O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress," quoth he. 

But Hercules appeared to him, and said:

"Tut, man, don't sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel."


Aesop Author of the Fable
Hercules and the Waggoner

Nationality of Aesop - Ethiopian 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", 
"Hercules and the Waggoner" and "The Sick Lion"

Hercules and the Waggoner Fable
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