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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A story about hares meant to comfort unhappy people.
The hares voted to commit suicide and once they had resolved to die, they had only to decide on the location. The hares concluded that the pond would be an appropriate place, so they headed off in that direction, planning to take their own lives. The frogs who lived on the banks of the pond could not endure the thumping of the hares' approach, so they scampered into their hiding places beneath the water. One of the older hares saw them and said, 'Overturn this vote in favour of death! Look: there are actually creatures who are even more cowardly than we are!'
Unhappy people are comforted by the sight of someone who is worse off than they are.

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 138: Caxton 2.8 [English]
Perry 138: Gibbs (Oxford) 248 [English]
Perry 138: Jacobs 15 [English]
Perry 138: L'Estrange 24 [English]
Perry 138: Townsend 294 [English]
Perry 138: Steinhowel 2.8 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 138: Aphthonius 23 [Greek]
Perry 138: Babrius 25 [Greek]
Perry 138: Chambry 191 [Greek]
Perry 138: Rom. Anglicus 24 [Latin]
Perry 138: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 23 [Latin]
Perry 138: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.7 [Latin]
Perry 138: Walter of England 28 [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.