Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE MONKEY AND THE DOLPHIN
It is common to take Maltese dogs and pet monkeys on long sea voyages in order
to relieve the boredom of the passage. A man who was planning to make such a
voyage had brought his monkey along with him but when the ship had reached Cape
Sounion (which is a sea promontory near Athens), they were met by a fierce winter
storm. The ship was capsized and everyone was thrown into the water. The monkey
also started swimming and was spotted by a dolphin, who thought the monkey was
a man. The dolphin swam up under the monkey and carried him through the water.
When they were approaching Piraeus, the Athenian harbor, the dolphin asked the
monkey if he was originally from Athens. The monkey said that he was, and that
he happened to be from an illustrious family. The dolphin then asked if he knew
Piraeus. The monkey thought that Piraeus must be a person's name, so he said
that, yes, Piraeus was a near and dear friend of his. The dolphin was infuriated
by the monkey's lying words, so he plunged the creature into the water and killed
This fable is suitable for a man who tells lies.
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 73: Gibbs (Oxford) 324 [English]
Perry 73: L'Estrange 167 [English]
Perry 73: Townsend 191 [English]
Perry 73: Chambry 305 [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.