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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A bull who was running away from a lion sought refuge in a cave. He found that there were already some wild goats in the cave, and the goats actually started to butt at the bull with their horns. The bull said to them, 'I am not afraid of you! It is the one outside the cave who scares me.'
The fable shows that when you are besieged by powerful people, you are subject to vicious attacks by anyone and everyone.

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.

In Perry 217, a bull is running away from a lion and takes refuge in a cave; the goat (or goats) in the cave make fun of the bull, and the bull rebukes them for not understanding the truth of the matter. In Perry 578, some goats make fun of a horse who is running away from a lion, and the horse rebukes the goats for their foolish lack of understanding. Caxton bizarrely tells the story of "thre lytyll hedgehogges / whiche mocked a grete hedgehogge / whiche fled byfore a wulf."

Perry 217: Caxton Avyan 10 [English]
Perry 217: Gibbs (Oxford) 233 [English]
Perry 217: Townsend 150 [English]
Perry 217: Steinhowel Avyan 10 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 217: Babrius 91 [Greek]
Perry 217: Chambry 332 [Greek]
Perry 217: Syntipas 40 [Greek]
Perry 217: Avianus 13 [Latin]

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.