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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:


The fox had never seen a lion before, so when she happened to met the lion for the first time she all but died of fright. The second time she saw him, she was still afraid, but not as much as before. The third time, the fox was bold enough to go right up to the lion and speak to him.
The fable shows that familiarity makes it easy to confront even frightening situations.

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.

Perry 10: Gibbs (Oxford) 269 [English]
Perry 10: Jacobs 34 [English]
Perry 10: L'Estrange 71 [English]
Perry 10: Townsend 203 [English]
Perry 10: Chambry 42 [Greek]

You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.