The He-Goats and She-Goats
The fable below in both prose and verse is by Gaius Julius Phaedrus (15 BC – 50 AD) who was a Roman fabulist and a Great Male Thinker. According to many historians, he was probably a Thracian slave and born in Pydna of Roman Macedonia and lived during the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. He is recognized as the first writer to Latinize entire books of fables, retelling in iambic metre the Greek prose Aesopic tales.
The fable below is from Book IV, Fable XV, and is relevant to that aspect of the radical feminist movement and dogma that has encouraged women to be like men. In the fable below, the god Jupiter has given the she-goats beards that are the same as the beards of the he-goats which turns out to be a learning situation for the he-goats.
Although there hasn’t been sufficient research to support a theory of why Phaedrus included this fable which is critical of women wanting to be just like men, this fable suggests that women existed in the time of Phaedrus that believed that there was no difference between men and women and that women could do anything a man could do. Modern-day radical feminism propagandizes the same dogma; however, in spite of the existence of these women who wanted to do everything that men did in ancient Rome, there is no evidence that women in the Roman Empire made any significant contributions to Roman architecture, philosophy, science, politics, military science, or any important intellectual activity. In spite of the fact some ancient Roman women might have had the outward appearance to be able to do everything a man could do, ancient Roman women did not do everything that ancient Roman men did in philosophy, architecture, etc.
The He-goats and She-goats – Verse
When the She-Goats from Jove obtain’d
A beard, th’ indignant Males complain’d,
That females by this near approach
Would on their gravity encroach.
“Suffer, my sapient friends,” says he,
“Their eminence in this degree,
And bear their beard’s most graceful length,
As they can never have your strength.”
Warn’d by this little tale, agree
With men in gen’ral form’d like thee
While you by virtue still exceed,
And in the spirit take the lead.
The He-goats and She-goats – Prose
The She-Goats having obtained of Jupiter the favour of a beard, the He-Goats, full of concern, began to be indignant that the females rivaled them in their dignity. “Suffer them,” said the God, “to enjoy their empty honours, and to use the badge that belongs to your rank, so long as they are not sharers in your courage.”
This Fable teaches you to bear that those who are inferior to you in merit should be like you in outside appearances.