Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE BOYS AND THE
Two young boys were standing next to the butcher. Then, when the butcher was
occupied in some business of his own, one of the boys grabbed a piece of meat
and hid it in the folds of the other boy's garment. When the butcher turned
around and looked for the meat, the boy who had taken the meat swore he didn't
have it, and the one who had the meat swore he hadn't taken it. When the butcher
realized the wicked trick the boys had played, he said, 'Even if you manage
to deceive me, you will never deceive the god by whom you have sworn falsely!'
The fable shows that even if we succeed in deceiving our fellows by swearing
falsely, there is no way that we can deceive the gods.
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 66: Gibbs (Oxford) 540 [English]
Perry 66: L'Estrange 58 [English]
Perry 66: Chambry 246 [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.