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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A lizard happened to be looking the other way when a snake grabbed her from behind. The snake then opened his gaping maw to swallow the lizard but the lizard grabbed a little twig that was lying near by and blocked the snake's greedy mouth with this clever obstacle, holding the twig turned firmly sideways between her teeth. The snake thus failed to capture his quarry and the lizard got away.

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 552: Gibbs (Oxford) 452 [English]
Perry 552: Phaedrus 6.25 [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.