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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


The crow was making a sacrifice to Athena and invited a dog to the feast. The dog said to her, 'Why do you foolishly squander these sacrifices? The goddess clearly hates you so much that she has taken away all credibility from your omens.' The crow answered, 'That is all the more reason for me to sacrifice to her: I hope she will change her attitude towards me!'
The fable shows that people are often eager to treat their enemies well in the hopes of gaining something by it.

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 127: Gibbs (Oxford) 320 [English]
Perry 127: L'Estrange 180 [English]
Perry 127: Chambry 171 [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.