Perry's Index to the Aesopica
Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:
THE MAN AND HIS
A man had a wife who was hostile towards all the members of their household.
He wondered if she treated the members of her father's household the same way,
so he found a plausible excuse to send her away to her father's house. When
she returned a few days later, he asked her how she had been received. His wife
replied, 'The cowherds and the shepherds gave me dirty looks!' The husband then
remarked, 'My wife, if you have hostile relations with those men who drive their
flocks out at dawn and don't come back until late in the evening, then what
kind of treatment can you expect from people who must spend the entire day in
The fable shows that great things can be detected in small things, and invisible
things can be seen in what is visible.
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 95: Gibbs (Oxford) 570 [English]
Perry 95: L'Estrange 172 [English]
Perry 95: Townsend 209 [English]
Perry 95: Chambry 49 [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.