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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A mouse asked a frog to help her get across the river. The frog tied the mouse's front leg to her own back leg using a piece of string and they swam out to the middle of the stream. The frog then turned traitor and plunged down into the water, dragging the mouse along with her. The mouse's dead body floated up to the surface and was drifting along when a kite flew by and noticed something he could snatch. When he grabbed the mouse he also carried off her friend the frog. Thus the treacherous frog who had betrayed the mouse's life was likewise killed and eaten.
For people who do harm to others and destroy themselves in the bargain.

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 384: Caxton 1.3 [English]
Perry 384: Gibbs (Oxford) 140 [English]
Perry 384: Gibbs (Oxford) 139 [English]
Perry 384: L'Estrange 4 [English]
Perry 384: Townsend 87 [English]
Perry 384: Steinhowel 1.3 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 384: Chambry 244 [Greek]
Perry 384: Ademar 4 [Latin]
Perry 384: Odo 21b [Latin]
Perry 384: Rom. Anglicus 3 [Latin]
Perry 384: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 3 [Latin]
Perry 384: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 1.3 [Latin]
Perry 384: Walter of England 3 [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.