Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE TWO ENEMIES
There were two enemies who had set sail on the same ship. They wanted to keep
their distance from one another, so one went up on the prow while the other
took the stern. Each man then stayed where he was. Soon a fierce storm began
to blow and the ship foundered. The man standing at the stern asked the helmsman
which part of the ship was likely to sink first. 'It will be the prow,' said
the helmsman. 'So be it!' said the man. 'The thought of death does not trouble
me so long as I will see my enemy die before me!'
So too there are people who feel such ill-will towards their neighbours
that they elect to suffer something dreadful themselves so that they can see
the others suffering along with them.
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 68: Gibbs (Oxford) 159 [English]
Perry 68: L'Estrange 94 [English]
Perry 68: Townsend 233 [English]
Perry 68: Chambry 114 [Greek]
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.