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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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

THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

You can get into trouble by wearing a disguise.
A wolf once decided to change his nature by changing his appearance, and thus get plenty to eat. He put on a sheepskin and accompanied the flock to the pasture. The shepherd was fooled by the disguise. When night fell, the shepherd shut up the wolf in the fold with the rest of the sheep and as the fence was placed across the entrance, the sheepfold was securely closed off. But when the shepherd wanted a sheep for his supper, he took his knife and killed... the wolf.
Someone who wears a disguise often loses his life and finds that his performance occasions a major 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 451: Gibbs (Oxford) 321 [English]
Perry 451: Jacobs 39 [English]
Perry 451: Townsend 49 [English]


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.