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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There was a wolf who had grown so much stouter than his fellow wolves that they started calling him 'Lion.' This honour was not enough to satisfy the foolish wolf, so he left the pack and began to consort with the lions instead. A fox made fun of him and said, 'I hope that I never get such an inflated idea of myself as you now have of yourself: you may seem like a lion to the wolves, but when the lions take your measure, you'll go back to being nothing but a wolf!'

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 344: Gibbs (Oxford) 330 [English]
Perry 344: Townsend 188 [English]
Perry 344: Babrius 101 [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.