Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE FOX, THE LION AND THE FOOTPRINTS
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.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
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
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
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.