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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A man had a hen that laid a golden egg for him each and every day. The man was not satisfied with this daily profit, and instead he foolishly grasped for more. Expecting to find a treasure inside, the man slaughtered the hen. When he found that the hen did not have a treasure inside her after all, he remarked to himself, 'While chasing after hopes of a treasure, I lost the profit I held in my hands!'
The fable shows that people often grasp for more than they need and thus lose the little they have.

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 87: Caxton Avyan 24 [English]
Perry 87: Gibbs (Oxford) 434 [English]
Perry 87: Jacobs 57 [English]
Perry 87: Townsend 163 [English]
Perry 87: Steinhowel Avyan 24 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 87: Babrius 123 [Greek]
Perry 87: Chambry 287 [Greek]
Perry 87: Syntipas 27 [Greek]
Perry 87: Avianus 33 [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.