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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A fisherman was fishing in a river. He stretched out his nets and covered the river's stream from one side to the other. He then tied a stone to a piece of rope and struck the water with it so that the fish would flee and fall unwittingly into the net. Someone who lived in that neighbourhood saw what the man was doing and began to complain, because by agitating the water in this way he deprived them of clear water to drink. The fisherman answered, 'But if I do not disturb the river, I will have no choice but to die of hunger!'
The story shows that the same is true in cities too: demagogues are most effective when they stir up sedition in their homelands.

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 26: Gibbs (Oxford) 546 [English]
Perry 26: L'Estrange 171 [English]
Perry 26: Chambry 27 [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.