Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE DEER AND THE LION
A deer was running away from some hunters and found herself
at a cave which was the home of a lion. The deer went inside, thinking
that she could hide there, but the lion attacked her. As she was
being mauled to death by the lion, the deer said to herself, 'What
a fool I was! By running away from the men, I handed myself over
to this wild beast!'
The same is true of human beings: fearing a lesser danger, they throw
themselves into even worse disaster.
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.
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.