M0949 (not in Perry). Source: Aelian, Historia 13.33. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry did not use Aelian as a source. The story of the slipper belonging to Rhodopis (whose name means “rosy-faced” in Greek) is often cited as a folktale of the Cinderella type. Herodotus connects Rhodopis with Aesop, explaining that they were both slaves of a certain Iadmon on the island of Samos. Herodotus then tells us how Rhodopis was taken to Egypt, gained her freedom, and became enormously rich; he does not include the legend of the slipper in his account of Rhodopis’s story. Psammetichus was the name of several different pharaohs of Egypt. For another tale of an animal’s intervention in a human love story, apparently at divine instigation, see the story of the donkey and the wedding, #948.