Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE BULLOCK AND THE FARMER
When a bullock resisted the harness and thwarted all efforts to place his rugged
neck beneath the clamp of the yoke, the farmer trimmed the animal's horns with
a crosswise cut of the knife and thought the animal had thus been quieted down.
Given that the beast was only too prompt with horn and hoof, the farmer then
proceeded very carefully as he hitched the bullock's neck to an enormous plow,
no doubt hoping that the long beam would keep him from lashing out, making it
hard for the cruel hooves to land a blow. But the bullock began to struggle
angrily, pushing with his neck against the ropes and uselessly wearying the
innocent earth with his hooves. By stamping his feet he swiftly scattered the
stirred-up dirt and it was blown by a blast of wind into his master's face as
he followed the plow. The farmer then shook the dirt from his hair, which was
stiff with filth and grit. The defeated farmer groaned and said, 'I must have
needed to learn a lesson in this type of criminal behaviour in which someone
uses his intelligence simply to wreak havoc.'
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 582: Caxton Avayn 21 [English]
Perry 582: Gibbs (Oxford) 132 [English]
Perry 582: Steinhowel Avayn 21 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 582: Avianus 28 [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.