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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There was once a soldier, a weary veteran of many battles who had vowed to kindle a bonfire and consign his weapons to the flames including all those weapons which many a dying man had surrendered to him in victory along with anything that he had been able to seize from the enemy forces as they fled the field. Since Fortune had favoured his wishes, the soldier was now about to carry out his vow, so he began casting the weapons one by one onto the burning pyre. The trumpet, however, protested loudly, denying his guilt and insisting that he was being sent undeservedly to the flames of the fire. 'You cannot claim that my powers were used to launch any missiles directed at your mighty arms,' said the trumpet. 'All I did was to urge the weapons onward with my blast and my blare. Indeed, I swear by all the stars in heaven that I actually tried to blow as quietly as possible!' The soldier nevertheless added the trumpet to the rest of the weapons. As the trumpet tossed and turned in the crackling flames, the soldier remarked, 'All the more reason for you to suffer this pain and punishment! Although you did not actually accomplish anything on your own, you are all the more vicious on that account, since you urged others to do wicked deeds.'

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 370: Gibbs (Oxford) 121 [English]
Perry 370: Jacobs 79 [English]
Perry 370: L'Estrange 63 [English]
Perry 370: Townsend 243 [English]
Perry 370: Chambry 325 [Greek]
Perry 370: Avianus 39 [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.