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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There was a lamp drunk on his own oil who boasted one evening to everyone present that he was brighter than the Morning Star and that his splendour shone more conspicuously than anything else in the world. A sudden puff of wind blew in the lamp's direction, and its breath extinguished his light. A man lit the lamp once again and said to him, 'Shine, lamp, and be silent! The splendour of the stars is not ever extinguished.'

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 349: Gibbs (Oxford) 211 [English]
Perry 349: Townsend 159 [English]
Perry 349: Babrius 114 [Greek]
Perry 349: Chambry 232 [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.