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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


The bear boasted that he was exceptionally fond of mankind since, as he explained, bears don't pull dead people's bodies to pieces. The fox remarked, 'I'd prefer that you mangled the dead ones, if you'd leave the living alone!'

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 288: Gibbs (Oxford) 375 [English]
Perry 288: Townsend 23 [English]
Perry 288: Babrius 14 [Greek]
Perry 288: Chambry 63 [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.