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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There were once some oxen who had decided to destroy all the butchers since their very profession was hostile to oxen. They banded together and sharpened their horns in preparation for the coming battle. Among them was a very elderly ox who had plowed a great deal of earth in his day. This ox said to the others, 'The butchers slaughter us with experienced hands and they kill us without unnecessary torment, but if we fall into the hands of men who lack this skill, then we will die twice over -- and there will always be someone to slaughter us, even if we get rid of the butchers!'

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 290: Gibbs (Oxford) 446 [English]
Perry 290: Townsend 55 [English]
Perry 290: Babrius 21 [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.