“A man had a hen that laid a golden egg for him each and every day.
The man was not satisfied with this daily profit, and instead he foolishly grasped for more.
Expecting to find a treasure inside, the man slaughtered the hen.
When he found that the hen did not have a treasure inside her after all,
he remarked to himself, ‘While chasing after hopes of a treasure,
I lost the profit I held in my hands!’
–Aesop’s Fables (Chambry edition), Index Chambry 287 = Perry 87
Ὄρνιν τις εἶχε καλὴν χρυσᾶ ὠὰ τίκτουσαν· νομίσας δὲ ἔνδον αὐτῆς ὄγκον χρυσίου εἶναι καὶ θύσας εὗρεν οὖσαν ὁμοίαν τῶν λοιπῶν ὀρνίθων. Ὁ δὲ ἀθρόον πλοῦτον ἐλπίσας εὑρεῖν καὶ τοῦ μικροῦ κέρδους ἐστερήθη. Ὅτι τοῖς παροῦσιν ἀρκείσθω τις καὶ τὴν ἀπληστίαν φευγέτω.”
Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos, (620–564 BC). Greek historian Herodotus claimed that Aesop (c. 620-560 BC) was a slave first owned by Xanthus on Isle of Samos and later by Iadmon who gave him freedom because he was such a skilled storyteller (Herodotus, Waterfield & Dewald,1998).