Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE NUT TREE AND THE PEOPLE
There was a nut tree standing by the side of the road who had a great many nuts
and the people walking along the road used to knock them off by throwing sticks
and stones at the tree. The nut tree then said sadly, 'Woe is me! People gladly
enjoy my fruits, but they have a terrible way of showing their gratitude.'
The fable indicts those ungrateful and wicked people who requite good deeds
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 250: Gibbs (Oxford) 81 [English]
Perry 250: Townsend 189 [English]
Perry 250: Chambry 152 [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.