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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


While the frogs were hopping about in the freedom of their pond they began shouting to Jupiter that they wanted a king who could hold their dissolute habits in check. Jupiter laughed and bestowed on the frogs a small piece of wood which he dropped all of a sudden into their pond. As the wood splashed lightly into the water, it terrified the timid frogs. They plunged into the mud and hid there a long time until one frog happened to raise her head cautiously up out of the water. After studying the king, she summoned the other frogs. Putting aside their fear, the frogs all raced over and began jumping on the piece of wood, rudely making fun of it. When the frogs had showered their king with shame and scorn, they asked Jupiter to send them another one. Jupiter was angry that they had made fun of the king he had given them, so he sent them a water-snake, who killed the frogs one by one with her piercing sting. As the water-snake was happily eating her fill, the useless creatures ran away, speechless in their fright. They secretly sent a message to Jupiter through Mercury, begging him to put a stop to the slaughter but Jupiter replied, 'Since you rejected what was good in order to get something bad, you better put up with it - or else something even worse might happen!'

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 44: Caxton 2.1 [English]
Perry 44: Gibbs (Oxford) 27 [English]
Perry 44: Jacobs 13 [English]
Perry 44: L'Estrange 20 [English]
Perry 44: Townsend 51 [English]
Perry 44: Steinhowel 2.1 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 44: Chambry 66 [Greek]
Perry 44: Ademar 21 [Latin]
Perry 44: Odo 1b [Latin]
Perry 44: Phaedrus 1.2 [Latin]
Perry 44: Rom. Anglicus 19 [Latin]
Perry 44: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 17 [Latin]
Perry 44: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.1 [Latin]
Perry 44: Walter of England 21 [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.