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Fable Aesop
Jupiter, Neptune, Minerva, and Momus
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According to an ancient legend, the first man was made by Jupiter,
the first bull by Neptune, and the first house by Minerva. On the
completion of their labors, a dispute arose as to which had made
the most perfect work. They agreed to appoint Momus as judge,
and to abide by his decision. Momus, however, being very envious
of the handicraft of each, found fault with all. He first blamed the
work of Neptune because he had not made the horns of the bull
below his eyes, so he might better see where to strike. He then
condemned the work of Jupiter, because he had not placed the
heart of man on the outside, that everyone might read the thoughts
of the evil disposed and take precautions against the intended
mischief. And, lastly, he inveighed against Minerva because she had
not contrived iron wheels in the foundation of her house, so its
inhabitants might more easily move if a neighbor proved unpleasant.
Jupiter, indignant at such inveterate faultfinding, drove him from his
office of judge, and expelled him from the mansions of Olympus.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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