Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
THE FOX AND THE LION IN A CAGE
A fox saw a lion that had been imprisoned in a cage. The fox approached the
lion and insulted him very rudely. The lion then said to her, 'You are not responsible
for my disgrace; the cause is my unfortunate situation.'
The fable shows that after suffering a reversal of fortune, powerful people
are often humiliated by mere riffraff.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
|In Perry 98, a ram walking on
a wall makes fun of a wolf. In Perry 409, a
fox makes fun of a lion in a cage.
Perry 409: Gibbs (Oxford) 222 [English]
Perry 409: Townsend 241 [English]
Perry 409: Syntipas 17 [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.