Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
THE FISHERMAN AND THE RIVER
A fisherman was fishing in a river. He stretched out his nets and covered the
river's stream from one side to the other. He then tied a stone to a piece of
rope and struck the water with it so that the fish would flee and fall unwittingly
into the net. Someone who lived in that neighbourhood saw what the man was doing
and began to complain, because by agitating the water in this way he deprived
them of clear water to drink. The fisherman answered, 'But if I do not disturb
the river, I will have no choice but to die of hunger!'
The story shows that the same is true in cities too: demagogues are most
effective when they stir up sedition in their homelands.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 26: Gibbs (Oxford) 546 [English]
Perry 26: L'Estrange 171 [English]
Perry 26: Chambry 27 [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.