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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A wolf was walking by a wall, while a ram was peeping over the top, making all kinds of rude remarks. The wolf, gnashing his teeth, replied, 'It is only your situation that makes these insults possible. You yourself have nothing to boast about!'

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.

In Perry 98, a ram walking on a wall makes fun of a wolf. In Perry 409, a fox makes fun of a lion in a cage.

Perry 98: Gibbs (Oxford) 221 [English]
Perry 98: Jacobs 16 [English]
Perry 98: Townsend 76 [English]
Perry 98: Babrius 96 [Greek]
Perry 98: Chambry 106 [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.