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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There were once some wasps and some partridges who were terribly thirsty, so they went to a farmer to ask him for a drink. In return for the water, the partridges promised that they would dig around his vines so that they would produce excellent grapes, while the wasps would stand guard over the vines, driving away thieves by stinging them. The farmer said to them, 'But look, I have these two oxen, who do everything for me without making bargains. It is better for me to give the water to them, not to you.'
This fable is appropriate for a man who is ungrateful.

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 215: Gibbs (Oxford) 124 [English]
Perry 215: L'Estrange 137 [English]
Perry 215: Townsend 230 [English]
Perry 215: Chambry 330 [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.