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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A story about a lion and a man, urging us to be honest and to refrain from boasting.
A man and a lion were arguing. The man proclaimed the superiority of the human race, while the lion argued on behalf of his own kind. As they were contending with one another as to who was superior, the man produced as evidence the statue of a lion being defeated by a man. The lion retorted, 'And if there were also sculptors among us lions, you would see more people being conquered by lions than lions by people!'
One who deals with others honestly will win the victory.

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 284: Caxton 4.15 [English]
Perry 284: Gibbs (Oxford) 187 [English]
Perry 284: Gibbs (Oxford) 186 [English]
Perry 284: Jacobs 35 [English]
Perry 284: Townsend 29 [English]
Perry 284: Steinhowel 4.15 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 284: Aphthonius 34 [Greek]
Perry 284: Chambry 59 [Greek]
Perry 284: Ademar 52 [Latin]
Perry 284: Rom. Anglicus 85 [Latin]
Perry 284: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 2.28 [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.