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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There are all kinds of stories showing us how women habitually strip a man of his possessions, regardless of whether they are in love with him or he with them.
There was a woman who had a middle-aged man as her lover and although she was no spring chicken herself, she concealed her age with exquisite grace. There was also a beautiful young girl who had caught the man's fancy. Both women wanted to seem a suitable partner for him, so they began plucking out his hair in turn. The man imagined that his looks were being improved by their attentions but in the end he went bald, since the young girl plucked out every one of his gray hairs, while the older woman plucked out all the black ones.

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 31: Gibbs (Oxford) 584 [English]
Perry 31: Jacobs 45 [English]
Perry 31: L'Estrange 141 [English]
Perry 31: Townsend 62 [English]
Perry 31: Babrius 22 [Greek]
Perry 31: Chambry 52 [Greek]
Perry 31: Phaedrus 2.2 [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.