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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


The mole is a handicapped animal: he is blind. There was once a mole who wanted to kiss his mother, but instead of pressing up against her mouth, he pressed against her private parts. His brothers realized what he was doing and one of them remarked, 'It serves you right! You had great expectations, but you have gone and lost even your sense of smell.'
The story shows that a sinful mind can even change a person's nature, causing it to be impaired.

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 214: Gibbs (Oxford) 261 [English]
Perry 214: Gibbs (Oxford) 260 [English]
Perry 214: Gibbs (Oxford) 259 [English]
Perry 214: L'Estrange 133 [English]
Perry 214: Townsend 16 [English]
Perry 214: Chambry 326 [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.