Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
ZEUS AND THE OAK TREES
Once upon a time the oak trees came to Zeus and lodged a complaint, 'O Zeus,
founder of our species and father of all plant life, if it is our destiny to
be chopped down, why did you even cause us to grow?' Zeus smiled and replied,
'It is you yourselves who supply the means of your destruction: if you didn't
create all the handles, no farmer would have an axe in his house!'
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 302: Caxton 3.14 [English]
Perry 302: Gibbs (Oxford) 41 [English]
Perry 302: Gibbs (Oxford) 40 [English]
Perry 302: Jacobs 27 [English]
Perry 302: L'Estrange 46 [English]
Perry 302: Townsend 154 [English]
Perry 302: Townsend 166 [English]
Perry 302: Steinhowel 3.14 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 302: Babrius 142 [Greek]
Perry 302: Chambry 99 [Greek]
Perry 302: Ademar 44 [Latin]
Perry 302: Rom. Anglicus 32 [Latin]
Perry 302: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 31 [Latin]
Perry 302: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.16
Perry 302: Walter of England 53 [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.