But when they saw no brilliant array whatever, but an old man lying in some grass by the sea, his body small and contemptible, covered with a cloak that was coarse and mean, they were moved to laughter and jesting, saying that here was an illustration of the fable,
‘a mountain is in travail, and then a mouse is born.’
1 In Athenaeus p. 616 d, it is Tachos himself who makes this jest upon Agesilaüs, who replies in anger:
‘Some day you will think me a lion.’
Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives. with an English Translation by. Bernadotte Perrin. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1917. 5.
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