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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A wolf had seized a young pig and was carrying it away when he ran into a lion. The lion immediately took the pig away from him. After having to surrender the pig, the wolf said to himself, 'I wondered myself how what I acquired by theft could possibly have stayed with me.'
The fable shows that if someone acquires other people's property by fraud or force, he cannot expect to keep it.

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 347: Gibbs (Oxford) 169 [English]
Perry 347: Townsend 286 [English]
Perry 347: Babrius 105 [Greek]
Perry 347: Chambry 227 [Greek]
Perry 347: Syntipas 52 [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.