Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE PIG, THE DONKEY AND THE
There was a man who had vowed that he would sacrifice a pig in honour of Hercules
if the god agreed to rescue him from danger. When the man fulfilled his vow
and sacrificed the pig, he then ordered that the pig's leftover barley be given
to the donkey. The donkey, however, refused to touch it. 'This is the kind of
food that would normally arouse my appetite,' said the horse, 'but not when
it is the result of the previous diner having had his throat cut!'
This fable taught me caution and I have avoided risky business ventures
ever since - but you say 'those who grab wealth get to keep it.' Just remember
how many of them are eventually caught and killed! Clearly, the ones who have
been punished constitute the larger crowd. A few people may profit from reckless
behaviour, but many more are ruined by it.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 526: Gibbs (Oxford) 414 [English]
Perry 526: Phaedrus 5.4 [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.