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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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

THE STAKE AND THE WALL

A wall who was being gouged by a stake exclaimed, 'Hey! Why are you making this gash in me, when I never did you any harm?' The stake answered, 'It's not my fault! Blame the man who is pounding me so hard from behind.'

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 270: Gibbs (Oxford) 277 [English]
Perry 270: Chambry 337 [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.