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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 frog, urging us not to trust someone's promises before they are fulfilled.
There was a frog who claimed to be trained in the physician's art, acquainted with all the medicinal plants of the earth, the only creature who could cure the animals' ailments. The fox listened to the frog's announcement and exposed his lies by the colour of his skin. 'How can it be,' said the fox, 'that you are able to cure others of their illnesses, but the signs of sickness can still be seen in your own face?'
Boastful claims end up exposing themselves.

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 289: Caxton Avyan 5 [English]
Perry 289: Gibbs (Oxford) 308 [English]
Perry 289: Townsend 235 [English]
Perry 289: Steinhowel Avyan 5 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 289: Aphthonius 24 [Greek]
Perry 289: Babrius 120 [Greek]
Perry 289: Chambry 69 [Greek]
Perry 289: Avianus 6 [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.