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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There was a dog who had been swift and strong when attacking all kinds of wild beasts, never failing to do what his master wanted, but now he found himself beginning to grow feeble under the burden of old age. On one occasion he was sent forward to fight with a bristling boar. The dog seized the boar by the ear, but the weak grip of his decaying teeth allowed the quarry to get away. The hunter was angry and scolded the dog. The stalwart old hound said to the man in reply, 'I did not fail you in spirit, only in strength. Praise me for what I once was, even if you must condemn me for what I am now!'
Philetus, you can clearly see why I have written this story.

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 532: Caxton 2.7 [English]
Perry 532: Gibbs (Oxford) 388 [English]
Perry 532: L'Estrange 26 [English]
Perry 532: L'Estrange 27 [English]
Perry 532: Townsend 120 [English]
Perry 532: Steinhowel 2.7 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 532: Ademar 62 [Latin]
Perry 532: Phaedrus 5.10 [Latin]
Perry 532: Rom. Anglicus 91 [Latin]
Perry 532: Walter of England 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.