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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


Poor folk suffer when the high and mighty are at war with one another.
A frog looked out from her pond and saw a battle taking place between the bulls. 'Oh no!' she said, 'There is terrible danger in store for us.' Another frog asked her why she said this, since the bulls were fighting for control of the herd in their home far away from the frogs. The first frog explained, 'While their habitat may be separate from ours and our species not the same, the bull who is driven from the lordship of the meadow will come to find a secret hiding place here in the marsh, crushing us beneath his heavy hooves. That is why their frenzy is a matter of life and death for us!'

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 485: Gibbs (Oxford) 12 [English]
Perry 485: Phaedrus 1.30 [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.