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The cow, the goat, and the sheep went hunting in the chase with a lion and they captured a deer. When it came time to part ways and share in their catch, the lion said to them, “My lords, I let you know that the first part is mine, because I am your lord; the second because I am stronger than you; the third because I ran more swift than you did; and whosoever touches the fourth part, he shall be my mortal enemy!”

And thus the lion took for himself alone the deer.

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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ EE-sop or /ˈeɪsɒp/ AY-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aísopos; c. 620–564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.

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