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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A donkey had gone lame after stepping on a sharp thorn. Then he noticed a wolf nearby. Plainly afraid that the wolf might kill him, the donkey said, 'O wolf, I am dying; I'm about to draw my last breath. But I am glad to have run into you; I would prefer to have you feast on my flesh rather than a vulture or a raven. So please do me a little favour, a trifle really, and remove this prickly thorn from my hoof so that my spirit can go down to Hades free from pain.' The wolf said, 'That is a favour I can't begrudge you.' So he pulled out the burning thorn with the sharp edge of his teeth. Freed from all his pain and suffering, the donkey ran away, kicking with his heels at the tawny wolf who stood with his mouth hanging open. As the donkey's hooves crushed the wolf's head and nose and jaws, the wolf exclaimed, 'Alas, it serves me right! Why did I take up the doctor's trade, healing the lame at a moment like this, when the only profession I ever learned was how to be a butcher!'

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 187: Caxton 3.2 [English]
Perry 187: Gibbs (Oxford) 313 [English]
Perry 187: Gibbs (Oxford) 312 [English]
Perry 187: L'Estrange 36 [English]
Perry 187: L'Estrange 37 [English]
Perry 187: Townsend 206 [English]
Perry 187: Steinhowel 3.2 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 187: Babrius 122 [Greek]
Perry 187: Chambry 281 [Greek]
Perry 187: Rom. Anglicus 26 [Latin]
Perry 187: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 25 [Latin]
Perry 187: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.9 [Latin]
Perry 187: Walter of England 42 [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.