Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
THE MONKEY AND THE BUTCHER
A man noticed a monkey hanging in the butcher's shop amidst the other merchandise
and foods for sale, and he asked what the monkey tasted like. 'Well,' joked
the butcher, 'its taste is a perfect match for its face!'
I think the butcher's remark is more funny than true; I have often met with
beautiful people who actually turned out to be complete scoundrels, while having
known some ugly people who were truly excellent individuals.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 496: Gibbs (Oxford) 551 [English]
Perry 496: Phaedrus 3.4 [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.