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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A hunter was coming down from the mountain after the hunt while a fisherman was walking along with a basket full of fish and the two men crossed paths. The hunter preferred to have fish fresh from the sea, while the fisherman preferred wild game caught in the fields so they exchanged the things that they were carrying. From then on they always traded their catch so that they could both enjoy more appetizing dinners. Eventually someone gave them this advice: 'Be careful, because too much familiarity will eventually spoil the goodness of these things, so that each of you will long to have what was originally yours.'

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 327: Gibbs (Oxford) 461 [English]
Perry 327: Townsend 93 [English]
Perry 327: Babrius 61 [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.