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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


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.

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.


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.