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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


One of the Galli, those priests of the Great Mother Rhea, slipped inside a deserted cave, seeking shelter from the onslaught of a winter storm. Just as the priest was brushing the snow from his hair, a ravenous lion, who was following his trail, burst into the entrance of the cave. The cave offered no other means of escape, but the priest held a huge tambourine in his hand. He struck the instrument with the flat of his palm and the whole cave resounded with the shattering sound. The wild lion could not endure the awesome clatter of the goddess Cybele, so he raced away and fled into the wooded mountainside, terrified by this effeminate servant of the goddess. The priest then hung up these robes and dedicated these fair locks of hair as an offering to the goddess.

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 436: Gibbs (Oxford) 244 [English]

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.