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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A man kept a hero shrine in his house and made expensive sacrifices to it. Since he was constantly paying out money and spending great sums on the offerings, the god came to him one night and said: 'Look here, stop squandering your wealth: if you spend everything and become poor, you'll put the blame on me!'
Likewise, when people suffer misfortune because of their own foolishness, they often blame the gods.

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 110: Gibbs (Oxford) 471 [English]
Perry 110: Babrius 63 [Greek]
Perry 110: Chambry 131 [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.