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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A story about a fox and a raven which urges us not to trust anyone who is trying to deceive us.
The raven seized a piece of cheese and carried his spoils up to his perch high in a tree. A fox came up and walked in circles around the raven, planning a trick. 'What is this?' cried the fox. 'O raven, the elegant proportions of your body are remarkable, and you have a complexion that is worthy of the king of the birds! If only you had a voice to match, then you would be first among the fowl!' The fox said these things to trick the raven and the raven fell for it: he let out a great squawk and dropped his cheese. By thus showing off his voice, the raven let go of his spoils. The fox then grabbed the cheese and said, 'O raven, you do have a voice, but no brains to go with it!'
If you follow your enemies' advice, you will get hurt.

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 124: Caxton 1.15 [English]
Perry 124: Gibbs (Oxford) 104 [English]
Perry 124: Jacobs 8 [English]
Perry 124: L'Estrange 14 [English]
Perry 124: Townsend 95 [English]
Perry 124: Steinhowel 1.15 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 124: Aphthonius 29 [Greek]
Perry 124: Babrius 77 [Greek]
Perry 124: Chambry 165 [Greek]
Perry 124: Ademar 15 [Latin]
Perry 124: Odo 70 [Latin]
Perry 124: Phaedrus 1.13 [Latin]
Perry 124: Rom. Anglicus 14 [Latin]
Perry 124: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 12 [Latin]
Perry 124: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 1.14 [Latin]
Perry 124: Walter of England 15 [Latin]

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.