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.
ZEUS AND THE GOOD THINGS
The Good Things were too weak to defend themselves from the Bad Things, so the
Bad Things drove them off to heaven. The Good Things then asked Zeus how they
could reach mankind. Zeus told them that they should not go together all at
once, only one at a time. This is why people are constantly besieged by Bad
Things, since they are nearby, while Good Things come more rarely, since they
must descend to us from heaven one by one.
The fable shows that good things do not happen very often, while bad things
happen to us all the time.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 274: Gibbs (Oxford) 525 [English]
Perry 274: Townsend 247 [English]
Perry 274: Chambry 1 [Greek]
Perry 274: Avianus 24 [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.