Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE FARMER AND THE
When a pig kept destroying a farmer's crops and trampling his fertile fields,
the farmer cut off the pig's ear. He then let the pig go, expecting that the
pig would remember what had happened to him, since he carried with him a reminder
of the need to treat the farmer's crops with due respect in the future. Nevertheless,
the pig was caught once again in the act of digging ruts in the ground and the
treacherous animal was thus deprived of his other ear, the only one that he
had left. But as soon as he was let loose again, the pig plunged his deformed
head into the aforementioned crops. His multiple offenses had made him a marked
pig, so the farmer caught him and consigned him to his master's sumptuous table.
The farmer sliced and served the various parts of the pig at dinner but when
there was no more left, the master asked what had happened to the pig's brains.
The fact was that the greedy cook had stolen them, so the farmer calmed his
master's understandable outrage by saying that the foolish pig didn't have any
brains to begin with. 'Why else would that pig have kept risking life and limb,'
said the farmer, 'and let himself be caught over and over again by the same
This illustrative story is a warning for people who take too many risks
and who can never keep their hands out of mischief.
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 583: Gibbs (Oxford) 599 [English]
Perry 583: Jacobs 74 [English]
Perry 583: Avianus 30 [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.