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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A tanner was about to move in next door to a rich man but the rich man tried to get rid of him on account of the foul smell. The tanner said to him, 'It will bother you for a little while but then you will get used to it, and afterwards you will not even notice the smell.' The rich man said, 'We will not lose our sense of smell simply on account of your profession!'
The fable shows that a person should not accept foolish advice, especially if it is contrary to his nature.

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 204: Gibbs (Oxford) 544 [English]
Perry 204: Gibbs (Oxford) 543 [English]
Perry 204: Townsend 297 [English]
Perry 204: Chambry 309 [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.