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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


This is a story that can be applied to greedy people and to people who badly want to join the upper classes despite their humble origins.
While digging up dead people's bones, a dog uncovered a treasure. This outraged the spirits of the dead, and the dog was punished for his sacrilege by being stricken with a desire for wealth. Thus, while the dog stood there guarding the treasure, he took no thought for food and wasted away from starvation. A vulture perched above him is rumoured to have said, 'O you dog, you deserve to die, since all of a sudden you began to crave the wealth of a king even though you were conceived in the gutter and were raised on a dungheap!'

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 483: Gibbs (Oxford) 405 [English]
Perry 483: Ademar 32 [Latin]
Perry 483: Phaedrus 1.27 [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.