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Perry's Index to the Aesopica

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


There was a farmer who had grown old living in the countryside and who had never seen the city so he asked his children to let him see the city at least once before he died. His children yoked the donkeys to the wagon for him and said, 'Just drive, and they will take you to the city.' When they were halfway there, a storm blew up and the sky grew dark. The donkeys went astray and wandered to the edge of a cliff. When the old man saw the danger he was in, he said, 'O Zeus, what crime have I committed against you that I must die this way? My killers are not even horses, but only these abominable donkeys!'

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 381: Gibbs (Oxford) 423 [English]

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.