There were some Frogs in a pool who had no
established ruler. So they sent some frogs to
Jupiter to appoint a king for them.
Perceiving their simplicity, he cast down a
huge log into the lake.
The Frogs were terrified at the splash
occasioned by its fall and hid themselves in the
depths of the pool.
But as soon as they realized that the huge log
was non-living creature, they swam again to the
top of the water, dismissed their fears, climbed
up, and began squatting on it in contempt.
After some time they began to think themselves
ill-treated in the appointment of so inert a
Ruler, and sent a second deputation to Jupiter
to pray that he would set over them another
He then gave them an Eel to govern them. When
the Frogs discovered his easy good nature, they
sent yet a third time to Jupiter to beg him to
choose for them still another King.
Jupiter, displeased with all their complaints,
sent a Heron, who preyed upon the Frogs day by
day till there were none left to croak upon the