In six lines, Aesop show us how those who control the media often rewrite history. And we see that five centuries before Christ, there were “alternative facts” already.
Once, a man and a lion travelled together, arguing all the while about who was the stronger. At the end of the road, they found themselves before a stone monument, showing a man who strangled a lion.
— See how we men are much stronger than lions! the man exclaimed.
— If lions could sculpt, the lion answered with a smile, you would see a great number of men under lions’ claws.
From Enciclopédia Universal da Fábula, vol. III. Editora das Américas. Translated by Beatriz Becker.
Image: Wikimedia Commons; detail of “Ashurbanipal’s lion-hunt”.