Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE DOG, THE HARE AND THE GOATHERD
A dog who was not unwise in the ways of the hunt had stirred up a furry-footed
hare from behind a bush. He set off in pursuit of the hare, but the hare outran
him. One of the goatherds scoffed at the dog and said, 'That hare's only a little
fellow, but he turned out to be faster than you.' The dog replied, 'It's one
thing if you are running in a hurry because you want to catch someone, but it's
another thing entirely if you are running for your life!'
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 331: Gibbs (Oxford) 396 [English]
Perry 331: Townsend 155 [English]
Perry 331: Babrius 69 [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.