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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There was a bald horseman who used to attach a wig to his head, wearing other people's hair on his own bald pate. One day he came to Mars Field, making a great show of himself in his splendid armour. He then began to turn his horse in manoeuvres, easily guiding him with the bridle. At that very moment, the blasts of the North Wind blew against him and made his head a source of laughter for all of the on-lookers: the wig was torn aside, revealing the gleam of his bald head, which was an entirely different colour from the hair that had been there before. But the fellow was quick-witted, and when he saw that he was being laughed at by thousands of people, he ingeniously deflected this public derision by making a joke. 'It's no surprise that the wig that was put there ran away,' he said, 'since my natural born hair already deserted me once before!'

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 375: Gibbs (Oxford) 579 [English]
Perry 375: Townsend 157 [English]
Perry 375: Chambry 343 [Greek]
Perry 375: Avianus 10 [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.