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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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

THE SOW, THE DOG AND THEIR LITTERS

A sow and a dog were arguing about their litters. The dog said that she had the easiest delivery of all the four-footed animals but the sow responded, 'Be that as it may, the puppies you give birth to are blind!'
The fable shows that an enterprise is not to be judged in terms of its speed but its outcome.

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 223: Gibbs (Oxford) 196 [English]
Perry 223: L'Estrange 153 [English]
Perry 223: Chambry 342 [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.