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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A man who was an experienced shot with the bow and arrow went up on the mountain to hunt. All the animals fled from him in fear, except for the lion, who challenged the man to a battle. 'Wait!' the man said to the lion. 'Do not be so quick to think you can defeat me. First you need to get to know my messenger, and then you'll be able to choose the best course for you to follow.' Standing at some distance from the lion, the archer let loose an arrow and the barb buried itself in the soft flesh of the lion's belly. The lion was terrified and fled into the deserted forest glades. A fox standing nearby urged the lion to be brave and stand his ground, but the lion replied, 'You are not going to fool me or catch me in your trap: when he sends me such a pointed messenger as this, I already know what a fearful person he himself must be.'

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 340: Caxton Avyan 13 [English]
Perry 340: Gibbs (Oxford) 246 [English]
Perry 340: Townsend 173 [English]
Perry 340: Steinhowel Avyan 13 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 340: Babrius 1 [Greek]
Perry 340: Chambry 338 [Greek]
Perry 340: Avianus 17 [Latin]

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.