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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


Long ago, the creature who is today an ant used to be a man who was always busy farming. Still, he was not satisfied with the results of his own labour, so he would steal from his neighbours' crops. Zeus became angry at his greedy behaviour and turned him into the animal that now has the name of 'ant.' Yet even though the man changed his shape, he did not change his habits, and even now he goes around the fields gathering the fruits of other people's labour, storing them up for himself.
The fable shows that when someone with a wicked nature changes his appearance, his behaviour remains the same.

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 166: Gibbs (Oxford) 513 [English]
Perry 166: L'Estrange 188 [English]
Perry 166: Chambry 240 [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.