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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


When a foolish person just wants to get a laugh, he often teases someone in a way that is actually quite insulting, thus getting himself into serious trouble indeed.
A donkey happened to run into a wild boar and greeted him, 'Good day, brother.' The boar was indignant and, spurning the donkey's salutation, he demanded to know how the donkey could make such an outrageous claim. The donkey extended his prick and said, 'Even if you deny that you have anything in common with me, this certainly seems to have a great deal in common with your snout.' Although he wanted to launch an attack that would be worthy of his breeding, the boar checked his rage and said, 'I could easily avenge myself, but I don't want to sully myself with the blood of this worthless coward!'

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 484: Caxton 1.11 [English]
Perry 484: Gibbs (Oxford) 216 [English]
Perry 484: L'Estrange 11 [English]
Perry 484: Steinhowel 1.11 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 484: Ademar 12 [Latin]
Perry 484: Phaedrus 1.29 [Latin]
Perry 484: Rom. Anglicus 118 [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.