Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE MICE AND THE WEASELS
War had broken out between the mice and the weasels. The mice were inferior
in strength and when they realized that their utter weakness and cowardice put
them at a disadvantage, they elected satraps and generals who could be their
leaders in war. The satraps wanted to be more remarkable and conspicuous than
the other mice, so they put horns on the tops of their heads. Then the weasels
attacked the mice once again and routed them completely. The other mice were
able to scamper quickly and easily into the mouse holes which had been prepared
for their concealment. The commanders, however, despite being the first to reach
the holes in the retreat, were unable to get inside because of the horns on
their heads. The weasels were thus able to seize the mouse generals and consign
them to death.
This fable shows that generals who offer encouragement to their soldiers
without seeking divine assistance for the coming battle can provoke a disaster.
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 165: Gibbs (Oxford) 455 [English]
Perry 165: Townsend 108 [English]
Perry 165: Babrius 31 [Greek]
Perry 165: Chambry 237 [Greek]
Perry 165: Syntipas 51 [Greek]
Perry 165: Phaedrus 4.6 [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.