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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


Two roosters were fighting with one another. The loser hid himself away in a corner, while the rooster who had won the battle flew up on top of the house and flapped his wings, crowing about his victory. An eagle then swooped down and carried the rooster away.
This fable shows that you should not boast foolishly or become conceited if you happen to enjoy a moment of success.

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 281: Gibbs (Oxford) 454 [English]
Perry 281: L'Estrange 122 [English]
Perry 281: Townsend 66 [English]
Perry 281: Aphthonius 12 [Greek]
Perry 281: Babrius 5 [Greek]
Perry 281: Chambry 20 [Greek]
Perry 281: Syntipas 7 [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.