Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE MURDERER AND THE NILE
A man had committed a murder and was being pursued by the victim's relatives.
He reached the river Nile and when he found a lion there, he was afraid and
climbed up a tree; in the tree, he saw a snake and was practically scared to
death, so he threw himself into the river, where a crocodile devoured him.
The story is for people who commit murders: neither earth nor air nor water
nor any other place will be able to protect them.
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 32: Gibbs (Oxford) 168 [English]
Perry 32: Townsend 272 [English]
Perry 32: Chambry 45 [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.