Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE LION AND THE MOUSE
Some field-mice were playing in the woods where a lion was sleeping when one
of the mice accidentally ran over the lion. The lion woke up and immediately
grabbed the wretched little mouse with his paw. The mouse begged for mercy,
since he had not meant to do the lion any harm. The lion decided that to kill
such a tiny creature would be a cause for reproach rather than glory, so he
forgave the mouse and let him go. A few days later, the lion fell into a pit
and was trapped. He started to roar, and when the mouse heard him, he came running.
Recognizing the lion in the trap, the mouse said to him, 'I have not forgotten
the kindness that you showed me!' The mouse then began to gnaw at the cords
binding the lion, cutting through the strands and undoing the clever ingenuity
of the hunter's art. The mouse was thus able to restore the lion to the woods,
setting him free from his captivity.
Let no one dare to harm even the smallest among us.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 150: Caxton 1.18 [English]
Perry 150: Gibbs (Oxford) 70 [English]
Perry 150: Jacobs 11 [English]
Perry 150: L'Estrange 16 [English]
Perry 150: Townsend 4 [English]
Perry 150: Steinhowel 1.18 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 150: Babrius 107 [Greek]
Perry 150: Chambry 206 [Greek]
Perry 150: Ademar 18 [Latin]
Perry 150: Rom. Anglicus 17 [Latin]
Perry 150: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 15 [Latin]
Perry 150: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 1.17
Perry 150: Walter of England 18 [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.