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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There were two frogs whose pond had dried up, so they went looking for a new place to live. When they came to a well, one of them thought that they should jump in immediately, but the other one said, 'Wait: what if the water were to dry up here too; how would we be able to get back out again?'
The story teaches us not to approach a situation without thinking about it carefully first.

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 43: Gibbs (Oxford) 445 [English]
Perry 43: L'Estrange 142 [English]
Perry 43: Townsend 139 [English]
Perry 43: Chambry 68 [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.