Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE CRANE AND THE PEACOCK
The peacock kept waving his golden feathers back and forth while he argued with
the grey-winged crane. The crane finally exclaimed, 'You may make fun of the
colour of my wings, but I can rise on them up to the stars and high into the
sky. You, on the other hand, can only flap those gilded feathers of yours down
there on the ground, just like a rooster. You are never seen soaring up high
in the sky!'
I would prefer to be admired while dressed in my well-worn clothes than
to live without honour, no matter how fine my clothes might be.
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 294: Caxton Avyan 12 [English]
Perry 294: Gibbs (Oxford) 193 [English]
Perry 294: Townsend 179 [English]
Perry 294: Steinhowel Avyan 12 [Latin, illustrated] Mannheim
Perry 294: Babrius 65 [Greek]
Perry 294: Chambry 333 [Greek]
Perry 294: Avianus 15 [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.