Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE ROOSTER AND THE PEARL
A young rooster was looking for food in the manure when he found a pearl. 'What
a fine thing you are,' he exclaimed, 'and in what an unfortunate situation!
If a person longing to possess something of such value had found you, you would
have been restored to your original splendour. Yet it is I who have found you,
when I would have much preferred to find some food instead. So this isn't going
to do you any good, and it doesn't do me any good either!'
This is a story I tell for people who do not know how to appreciate me.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.
Perry 503: Caxton 1.1 [English]
Perry 503: Gibbs (Oxford) 403 [English]
Perry 503: Jacobs 1 [English]
Perry 503: L'Estrange 3 [English]
Perry 503: Townsend 8 [English]
Perry 503: Steinhowel 1.1 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 503: Ademar 1 [Latin]
Perry 503: Phaedrus 3.12 [Latin]
Perry 503: Rom. Anglicus 1 [Latin]
Perry 503: Rom. Nil. (metrica) 1 [Latin]
Perry 503: Rom. Nil. (rhythmica) 1.1
Perry 503: Walter of England 1 [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.