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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


The first time that they saw the camel, the people were afraid and ran away, awestruck by her immense size. Yet as time went by, they recognized the camel's gentle nature and grew bold enough to approach her. Gradually they realized that this was a creature who was incapable of anger. Their contempt for the camel finally reached the point that they placed a bridle on the camel and allowed their children to ride her.
The fable shows that familiarity mollifies even the most terrifying things.

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 195: Gibbs (Oxford) 268 [English]
Perry 195: L'Estrange 70 [English]
Perry 195: Townsend 174 [English]
Perry 195: Chambry 148 [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.