Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
ZEUS AND MAN
They say that in the beginning, when the animals were being formed, they received
their endowments from Zeus. To some he gave strength, and to some speed, and
to others wings. Man, however, was still naked so he said to Zeus, 'I am the
only one that you have left without a gift.' Zeus replied, 'You are unaware
of the gift you have obtained, but it is the greatest gift of all: you have
received the gift of speech and the ability to reason, which has power both
among the gods and among mortals; it is stronger than the strong and swifter
than the swift.' Man then recognized the gift he had been given and bowed down
before Zeus, offering him thanks.
The fable shows that while we have all been honoured by God with the gift
of speech and reason, there are some who are unaware of this great honour and
are instead jealous of the animals even though the animals lack both speech
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 311: Gibbs (Oxford) 514 [English]
Perry 311: Chambry 57 [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.