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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A pigeon had grown very thirsty, so she flew from place to place looking for some water to drink. She saw a water jar painted on a wall and thought that it was actually full of water, so she flew right into the wall in order to take a drink. As the pigeon collided with the wall, she brought her life abruptly to an end. As she drew her last breath, the pigeon said to herself, 'What a wretched and unlucky creature I am! I didn't even suspect that looking for something to drink could bring about my own demise.'
The fable shows that caution is far superior to reckless haste and hurry.

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 201: Gibbs (Oxford) 431 [English]
Perry 201: L'Estrange 197 [English]
Perry 201: Townsend 35 [English]
Perry 201: Chambry 301 [Greek]
Perry 201: Syntipas 8 [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.