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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


Aesop said that the eyes were distressed because they considered themselves the most worthy part of the body, yet they saw the mouth enjoying every possible pleasure, especially honey, the sweetest substance of all. Filled with resentment, the eyes complained to the man. But when the man put honey in his eyes, they felt a stinging pain and burst into tears, since they thought that the honey was harsh and unpleasant.

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 461: Gibbs (Oxford) 345 [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.