ONCE upon a time in Athens, there was a man who was in debt, and his creditor was pressing him to repay.
His first response was to ask for an extension on his loan, as (so he said) he could not raise the money.
But his creditor was not to be persuaded, so our man brought out his one and only pig, and offered it for sale.
An interested buyer and asked whether the pig ever had piglets. ‘Piglets?’ replied the man. ‘Why, she litters girl pigs every year for sacrifice at the Mysteries of Eleusis, and boy pigs every four years for the Panathenaic Games.’
Seeing the buyer was dumbfounded at this revelation, the debtor pursued his advantage. ‘That’s nothing. Dionysius doesn’t care for pigs, so on his feast she’ll give you baby goats.’
Which goes to show that some people won’t hesitate to swear to the most frightful lies to get what they want.
Based on The Fables of Aesop as collected by Chambry.