Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE VIPER AND THE FILE
If you have ever tried to take a bite out of someone whose
fangs are even sharper than yours, you will recognize yourself
in this story.
A viper entered a blacksmith's workshop and bit the file, testing it to see if
this was something she could eat. The file protested fiercely, 'You fool! Why
are you trying to wound me with your teeth, when I am able to gnaw through every
sort of iron?'
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 93: Caxton 3.12 [English]
Perry 93: Gibbs (Oxford) 305 [English]
Perry 93: Jacobs 26 [English]
Perry 93: L'Estrange 45 [English]
Perry 93: Townsend 300 [English]
Perry 93: Steinhowel 3.12 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 93: Chambry 116 [Greek]
Perry 93: Ademar 42 [Latin]
Perry 93: Phaedrus 4.8 [Latin]
Perry 93: Rom. Anglicus 125 [Latin]
Perry 93: Walter of England 51 [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.