Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE BOY WHO CRIED 'WOLF'
There was a boy tending the sheep who would continually go up to the embankment
and shout, 'Help, there's a wolf!' The farmers would all come running only to
find out that what the boy said was not true. Then one day there really was
a wolf but when the boy shouted, they didn't believe him and no one came to
his aid. The whole flock was eaten by the wolf.
The story shows that this is how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the
truth, no one believes them.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 210: Caxton 6.10 [English]
Perry 210: Gibbs (Oxford) 151 [English]
Perry 210: Jacobs 43 [English]
Perry 210: L'Estrange 75 [English]
Perry 210: Townsend 74 [English]
Perry 210: Steinhowel 6.10 [Latin,
Perry 210: Chambry 318 [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.