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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A deer was running away from some hunters and found herself at a cave which was the home of a lion. The deer went inside, thinking that she could hide there, but the lion attacked her. As she was being mauled to death by the lion, the deer said to herself, 'What a fool I was! By running away from the men, I handed myself over to this wild beast!'
The same is true of human beings: fearing a lesser danger, they throw themselves into even worse disaster.

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 76: Gibbs (Oxford) 459 [English]
Perry 76: L'Estrange 149 [English]
Perry 76: Townsend 142 [English]
Perry 76: Chambry 104 [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.