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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A seagull swallowed a fish and ruptured his throat. When a kite saw the seagull lying dead on the beach, he remarked, 'It serves you right! You were born to fly in the air and instead you lived your life on the sea.'
Those who abandon their familiar trade and dedicate themselves to an unknown profession naturally come to a bad end.

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 139: Gibbs (Oxford) 334 [English]
Perry 139: Townsend 144 [English]
Perry 139: Chambry 193 [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.