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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A detestable crow had seated herself atop a sheep so that the sheep had to carry the crow around against her will. After a while, the sheep remarked, 'If you had done this to a dog, you would not be able to get away with it: dogs have teeth!' The obnoxious crow replied, 'I despise creatures who cannot defend themselves, yet I yield to the high and mighty, as I know who should be attacked and who should be flattered with cunning lies. That is why I last to a ripe old age, living for thousands of years.'

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 553: Caxton 4.19 [English]
Perry 553: Gibbs (Oxford) 133 [English]
Perry 553: L'Estrange 79 [English]
Perry 553: Townsend 284 [English]
Perry 553: Steinhowel 4.19 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 553: Ademar 55 [Latin]
Perry 553: Phaedrus 6.26 [Latin]
Perry 553: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 43 [Latin]
Perry 553: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.31 [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.