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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


Back when all the parts of the human body did not function in unison as is the case today, each member of the body had its own opinion and was able to speak. The various members were offended that everything won by their hard work and diligent efforts was delivered to the stomach while he simply sat there in their midst, fully at ease and just enjoying the delights that were brought to him. Finally, the members of the body revolted: the hands refused to bring food to the mouth, the mouth refused to take in any food, and the teeth refused to chew anything. In their angry effort to subdue the stomach with hunger, the various parts of the body and the whole body itself completely wasted away. As a result, they realized that the work done by the stomach was no small matter, and that the food he consumed was no more than what he gave back to all the parts of the body in the form of blood which allows us to flourish and thrive, since the stomach enriches the blood with digested food and then distributes it equally throughout the veins.

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 Livy, the story ends with the stomach convincing the rest of the body to behave. The Romulus and Walter versions end with the body's death. Chambry and Syntipas are about a struggle between the stomach and the feet.

Perry 130: Caxton 3.16 [English]
Perry 130: Gibbs (Oxford) 66 [English]
Perry 130: Jacobs 29 [English]
Perry 130: L'Estrange 51 [English]
Perry 130: Townsend 70 [English]
Perry 130: Steinhowel 3.16 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 130: Chambry 159 [Greek]
Perry 130: Syntipas 35 [Greek]
Perry 130: Rom. Anglicus 34 [Latin]
Perry 130: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 33 [Latin]
Perry 130: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.18 [Latin]
Perry 130: Walter of England 55 [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.