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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A dog who was not unwise in the ways of the hunt had stirred up a furry-footed hare from behind a bush. He set off in pursuit of the hare, but the hare outran him. One of the goatherds scoffed at the dog and said, 'That hare's only a little fellow, but he turned out to be faster than you.' The dog replied, 'It's one thing if you are running in a hurry because you want to catch someone, but it's another thing entirely if you are running for your life!'

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 331: Gibbs (Oxford) 396 [English]
Perry 331: Townsend 155 [English]
Perry 331: Babrius 69 [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.