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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


When the honey had been spilled in the pantry, some flies flew up and landed on it. Their feet got stuck and they could not fly away. As they were drowning in the honey, the flies remarked, 'Oh, woe is us! For the sake of a brief banquet, we are going to die!'
The story shows that greediness often leads to serious trouble.

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 80: Gibbs (Oxford) 427 [English]
Perry 80: L'Estrange 127 [English]
Perry 80: Townsend 28 [English]
Perry 80: Chambry 239 [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.