Aesop, The Trodden-on Snake and Zeus (Chambry 291)
ὄφις ὑπὸ πολλῶν πατούμενος ἀνθρώπων τῷ Διὶ ἐνετύγχανε περὶ τούτου. ὁ δὲ Ζεὺς πρὸς αὐτὸν εἶπεν· “ἀλλ’ εἰ τὸν πρότερόν σε πατήσαντα ἔπληξας, οὐκ ἂν ὁ δεύτερος ἐπεχείρησε τοῦτο ποιῆσαι.”
ὁ λόγος δηλοῖ ὅτι οἱ τοῖς πρώτοις ἐπιβαίνουσιν ἀνθιστάμενοι τοῖς ἄλλοις φοβεροὶ γίνονταί.
A snake who had been trodden on by many people went and appealed to Zeus about the matter. Zeus told him: ‘But if you had struck the first one who trod on you, the second would not have attempted to do the same thing.’
The story shows that people who stand up to those who first make an attack become formidable to the others.