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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A story about a reed and an oak, urging us not to rely on strength.
A reed got into an argument with an oak tree. The oak tree marvelled at her own strength, boasting that she could stand her own in a battle against the winds. Meanwhile, she condemned the reed for being weak, since he was naturally inclined to yield to every breeze. The wind then began to blow very fiercely. The oak tree was torn up by her roots and toppled over, while the reed was left bent but unharmed.
Those who adapt to the times will emerge unscathed.

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 70: Caxton 4.20 [English]
Perry 70: Gibbs (Oxford) 202 [English]
Perry 70: Jacobs 37 [English]
Perry 70: Townsend 127 [English]
Perry 70: Steinhowel 4.20 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 70: Aphthonius 36 [Greek]
Perry 70: Babrius 36 [Greek]
Perry 70: Chambry 143 [Greek]
Perry 70: Avianus 16 [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.