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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


When an eagle seized a sleek and glossy lamb from the flock and carried it off in his talons as a feast for his chicks, the jackdaw decided to do the same thing. Accordingly, he swooped down and clutched at a lamb but his claws got tangled in the wool on the lamb's back and he could not escape. The jackdaw said, 'It serves me right for being such a fool! Why should I, who am only a jackdaw, try to imitate eagles?'

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 2: Caxton 6.1 [English]
Perry 2: Gibbs (Oxford) 342 [English]
Perry 2: Gibbs (Oxford) 341 [English]
Perry 2: L'Estrange 73 [English]
Perry 2: Townsend 250 [English]
Perry 2: Steinhowel 6.1 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 2: Aphthonius [Greek]
Perry 2: Babrius 137 [Greek]
Perry 2: Chambry 5 [Greek]
Perry 2: Syntipas [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.