Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
THE PANTHER AND THE PEOPLE
People who have been treated with contempt repay the deed
A panther foolishly happened to have fallen into a pit. The local villagers saw
her there and some of them attacked her with sticks or pelted her with stones.
There were others who felt sorry for the creature since she seemed sure to die
even though she had not done any harm, so they brought her bread to keep up her
strength. Night fell and everyone went home, confident that they would find the
panther dead when the next day dawned. However, as soon as she recovered from
her weakness and regained her strength, the panther escaped from the pit with
a mighty leap and hurried quickly home to her den. A few days later she descended
upon the village, slaughtering the sheep and even killing the shepherds as she
laid waste to everything around her in a furious attack of rage. At this point
even the people who had shown mercy to the beast began to fear what lay in store
for them. Without a word about the damage that the panther had wrought, they
begged her just to spare their lives. The panther then said, 'I am well aware
of who pelted me with stones and who gave me bread, so put aside your fears.
I have returned as an enemy only to those who wanted to hurt me.'
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 494: Caxton 4.5 [English]
Perry 494: Gibbs (Oxford) 76 [English]
Perry 494: Townsend 303 [English]
Perry 494: Steinhowel 4.5 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 494: Phaedrus 3.2 [Latin]
Perry 494: Rom. Anglicus 104 [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.