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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


A sheep once said to the shepherd, 'You shear us and keep all the wool for yourself; you like to take our milk and make it into cheese; thanks to our children, your flocks flourish and prosper. Yet there is no profit for us in these things. Everything we eat comes from the ground -- and what kind of blossom is there to be found on the mountain sides? The grass is dry even when covered with dew. Meanwhile, you nourish this dog in our midst, feeding her on the same kind of hearty food that you yourself eat!' When the dog heard this, she said, 'If it weren't for me protecting you on every side, you would not even manage to get enough grass to eat! By running all around you, I ward off the marauding thief and the prowling 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 356: Gibbs (Oxford) 67 [English]
Perry 356: Babrius 128 [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.