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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A solitary sheep suddenly caught sight of a wolf and fled into the sheepfold, which by chance had been left open since there was a sacrifice was being readied for the holiday. The wolf did not come within the walls of the sheepfold but stood outside and tried to win the sheep's trust. 'Don't you see that altar there covered with blood?' said the wolf. 'Come out, or else they will seize you and sacrifice you too.' The sheep replied, 'Don't you worry about my place of refuge; I'm doing just fine. And even if things turn out as you say, I would rather become an offering for the god than a meal for a wolf!'

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 261: Caxton Avyan 27 [English]
Perry 261: Gibbs (Oxford) 103 [English]
Perry 261: Townsend 296 [English]
Perry 261: Steinhowel Avyan 27 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 261: Babrius 132 [Greek]
Perry 261: Chambry 222 [Greek]
Perry 261: Avianus 42 [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.