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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


The banks of a river caved in, tossing two pots into the river where they were swept away together in the raging waters. Each of the pots had been created by a different technique from a different material: one was made of poured bronze and the other was moulded clay. There was thus an uneasy alliance between the two of them, one fragile and one unbreakable, as they moved along the winding course of the wandering stream. The bronze jar solemnly promised to keep her hulking progress at a distance from the other jar, not wanting to strike and shatter her. The jar of clay, meanwhile, was afraid that the heavier object might do damage to her lighter frame, because something slight can put no trust in something superior. 'Although your words are reassuring,' the clay pot said, 'I cannot shake this fear from my soul. Whether the wave crashes me into you or you into me, in either case I will be the only victim of the catastrophe.'

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 378: Caxton Avyan 9 [English]
Perry 378: Gibbs (Oxford) 52 [English]
Perry 378: Jacobs 51 [English]
Perry 378: Townsend 89 [English]
Perry 378: Steinhowel Avyan 9 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 378: Chambry 354 [Greek]
Perry 378: Avianus 11 [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.