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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A lion was attacking two bulls, hoping to make a meal of them. The bulls, however, both opposed the lion with their horns. Once they had taken their stand, the bulls did not allow the lion to come between them. When the lion saw that he was powerless against the two bulls together, he slyly spoke to one of them and said, 'If you hand your partner over to me, I will keep you safe from harm.' In this way, he was able to seize both of the bulls.
This fable shows that the same is true of cities and people: when they are in agreement with one another, they do not allow their enemies to defeat them, but if they refuse to cooperate, it is an easy matter for their enemies to destroy them.

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 372: Caxton Avyan 14 [English]
Perry 372: Gibbs (Oxford) 59 [English]
Perry 372: Jacobs 52 [English]
Perry 372: Townsend 220 [English]
Perry 372: Steinhowel Avyan 14 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 372: Aphthonius 16 [Greek]
Perry 372: Babrius 44 [Greek]
Perry 372: Chambry 71 [Greek]
Perry 372: Syntipas 13 [Greek]
Perry 372: Avianus 18 [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.