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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A lion had grown old and weak. He pretended to be sick, which was just a ruse to make the other animals come pay their respects so that he could eat them all up, one by one. The fox also came to see the lion, but she greeted him from outside the cave. The lion asked the fox why she didn't come in. The fox replied, 'Because I see the tracks of those going in, but none coming out.'
Other people's lives are lessons in how we can avoid danger: it is easy to enter the house of a powerful man, but once you are inside, it may already be too late to get out.

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 142: Caxton 4.12 [English]
Perry 142: Gibbs (Oxford) 18 [English]
Perry 142: Jacobs 73 [English]
Perry 142: L'Estrange 54 [English]
Perry 142: Townsend 39 [English]
Perry 142: Steinhowel 4.12 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 142: Aphthonius 8 [Greek]
Perry 142: Babrius 103 [Greek]
Perry 142: Chambry 196 [Greek]
Perry 142: Syntipas 37 [Greek]
Perry 142: Ademar 59 [Latin]
Perry 142: Rom. Anglicus 84 [Latin]
Perry 142: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 41 [Latin]
Perry 142: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.27 [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.