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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There was a rustic nurse whose baby kept on crying, so she made the following threat: 'Be quiet, or else I will throw you to the wolf!' A wolf heard this and took the woman's words literally, so he sat there, waiting as if dinner were about to be served. At evening time the baby finally fell asleep, so the wolf went away hungry, his mouth gaping open, after having waited with high hopes for something that was never going to happen. When he got home, the she-wolf asked him, 'Why have you come back home without bringing anything? You always used to bring something with you!' The wolf said in reply, 'How could it be otherwise, since I believed the words of a woman?'

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 158: Caxton Avyan 1 [English]
Perry 158: Gibbs (Oxford) 283 [English]
Perry 158: Gibbs (Oxford) 282 [English]
Perry 158: Jacobs 46 [English]
Perry 158: Townsend 269 [English]
Perry 158: Steinhowel Avyan 1 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim University Library
Perry 158: Aphthonius 39 [Greek]
Perry 158: Babrius 16 [Greek]
Perry 158: Chambry 223 [Greek]
Perry 158: Avianus 1 [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.