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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A gnat happened to land on the back of a camel and lingered there on top of the baggage. When he finally decided to disembark, he said, 'I will let myself down now as fast as I can so as not to burden you any longer, weighed down as you are.' 'Much obliged,' said the camel, 'but I was not even aware that you had landed, and your departure is not going to lighten my load.'
If you pay no attention to rank and try to rival your superiors, you will earn our scorn.

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 137: Caxton 4.16 [English]
Perry 137: Gibbs (Oxford) 224 [English]
Perry 137: Townsend 260 [English]
Perry 137: Steinhowel 4.16 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 137: Babrius 84 [Greek]
Perry 137: Chambry 189 [Greek]
Perry 137: Syntipas 47 [Greek]
Perry 137: Ademar 60 [Latin]
Perry 137: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.29 [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.