Sources to fables are many and translations differ for the same fable in these different sources. In an attempt to make some sense of this Ben Edwin Perry published a survey of Greek and Latin fables in the Aesopic tradition in his Aesopica, published in 1952. That survey was published in Latin and Greek to be consistent with the original fable collections but an English version of the index to the survey was published as an appendix to the Loeb Classical Library Babrius and Phaedrus Fables which was translated and edited by Perry. The index numbers found listed below and throughout this site are consistent with the Perry survey.
If you wish to study fables in more detail the Perry Loeb Classical Library book is highly recommended as one source. I purchased the book and find it quite interesting and useful. You can get it from Amazon.com through this link: Babrius and Phaedrus (Loeb Classical Library No. 436) [Note: Affiliate link. If you buy through this link I will be paid a small percentage of the price. This does not affect the price.]
Annotated Index With Links
001 Eagle and Fox. An Eagle and Fox befriended each other. The Eagle, hungry, brought a Fox kit to her young. The Fox was delighted when some hot meat burned the Eagle’s nest.
002 Eagle, Jackdaw, and Shepherd. Don’t take on more than you can accomplish. A Daw saw an eagle carry off a sheep and tried the same trick. The daw could not do it and got caught. Ouch.
003 Eagle and Beetle. Beetle begged an Eagle for a favor. Rebuffed, Beetle destroyed Eagle’s eggs no matter where they were laid. Now Beetles sleep while Eagle’s eggs hatch.
004 Hawk and Nightingale. A nightingale gets caught by a hawk and pleas for life because he is such a small bit of a meal. Too bad. Yum, yum.
005 The Athenian Debtor. (A debtor tries to sell a pig and greatly extols its virtues.) Not linked yet
006 The Goatherd and the Wild Goats. A goatherd put his Goats with wild Goats and prized the wild and so fed them better than his hoping they would stay. They did not and his Goats suffered.
007 Cat as Physician and the Hens. The Cat played the part of a doctor and called on ailing birds. The Cat asked how they were and the birds answered they would be better off without the Cat.
008 Aesop at the Shipyard. (Aesop tells a tale of Zeus draining the sea by drinking.) Not linked yet
009 The Fox and the Goat in the Well. A Goat and Fox went into a deep well to drink. Neither could get out alone. The Goat was talked into helping the Fox who then left the Goat on his own.
010 Fox and Lion. Familiarity breeds contempt. A fox learns how to be comfortable around a lion. Other fables say to take care.
011 The Fisherman Pipes to the Fish. A Fisherman played music to draw Fish but none came. Once he caught some they danced to his tune because they were under his control.
012 Fox and Leopard. A leopard was bragging about the beauty of his spots when a fox came up saying how much more beautiful his mind was. Neither liar really won.
013 The Fishermen. Fishermen were expecting a big catch due to the weight of their nets. They were disappointed to find rocks and sand.
014 The Ape boasting to the Fox about his Ancestry. A Fox and Monkey passed a cemetery. Monkey told the Fox these were ancestors. Fox pointed out this was a likely story but nobody there could refute it.
015 The Fox and the Grapes out of Reach. A fox tries to get grapes to eat but cannot. The fox goes away in disgust saying he didn’t want them anyhow.
016 The Cat and the Cock. A Cat caught a Cock for a meal but first asked for excuses as to why it crowed so early. The Cock answered it was to help man. The Cat wasn’t impressed.
017 The Fox without a Tail. A Fox lost his tail in a trap and tried to get fellow foxes to trim their tails. They saw through the ruse.
018 The Fisherman and the Little Fish. A caught Fish pleads for life but the fisherman says no with no certainty of another.
019 The Fox and the Thornbush. A Fox fell into a Bramble and was cut. The Fox cursed the Bramble who them chided the Fox for being so careless as to fall into the Bramble.
020 Fox and Crocodile. A Fox mocks a Crocodile because of its skin.
021 The Fisherman and the Tunny. A Fisherman gets lucky when a Tunny jumps into the boat.
022 The Fox and the Woodcutter. A Fox sought and was granted shelter in a home. Huntsmen asked about the Fox; the owner denied seeing one but pointed at the house. Fox lucky signal missed.
023 Cocks and Partridge. A Partridge put in with gamecocks watched them fight and worried for his safety. Not to worry he found out as game cocks fight each other all the time.
024 The Fox with the Swollen Belly. A Fox took himself through a small hole to eat his fill of what’s inside. Now too big to get back out the Fox has to wait until he returns to normal size.
025 The Halcyon. (A Kingfisher finds the sea more violent than the land.) Not linked yet
026 A Fisherman. A Fisherman roiled the water pulling in his net. People complained but he said he must roil the water or have no fish to eat.
027 The Fox looks at the Actor’s Mask. A Fox looks at a mask and wonders where the mask’s brains are.
028 The Cheater. A sick Man promises what he doesn’t have to gods. He’s cured, then sent off for treasure. He’s captured and sold as a slave because of unfilled promises.
029 The Charcoal Dealer and the Fuller. A charcoal maker invited a cloth cleaner to visit. The cleaner declined because as quickly as he could clean anything it would get dirty again.
030 The Shipwrecked Man. (A shipwrecked wealthy man is told to swim not pray.) Not linked yet
031 The Middle-aged Man and his Two Mistresses. A man had two wives; one older and one younger. Being vain, the younger pulled white hairs from the man’s head and the older pulled dark. He went bald.
032 The Murderer. A Manslayer (murderer) was pursued. When at the Nile River a Lion chased him up a tree where a serpent forced him to jump in the river and be eaten.
033 The Braggart. Boasting of deeds done is lots of fun; at least until someone calls you on your boasting.
034 Impossible Promises. Not linked yet
035 The Man and the Satyr or Blowing Hot and Cold. A Satyr is confused by a man blowing to both heat and cool and refused to deal with him thinking he was double dealing.
036 Evil-wit. A fellow tried to trick the Oracle by holding a bird under his coat and asking if it was alive or dead. The Oracle said it was whatever the man wanted.
037 A Blind Man. A blind man was known to identify animals by their young. A whelp of a wolf was presented. He could not say Fox or Wolf but did say to not put with Sheep.
038 The Ploughman and the Wolf. Not linked yet
039 The Wise Swallow. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. A Swallow was warned to eat all sown hemp seeds else they grow up; the fibers woven into a net.
040 The Astrologer. (An Astrologer trips into a well.) Not linked yet
041 Fox and Lamb. (A Dog chides a Fox trying to get to young sheep.) Not linked yet
042 The Farmer’s Bequest to his Sons. A dying father told his sons about a treasure in a field if they only dig for it. They did. Good yield was their treasure.
043 Two Frogs. Two Frogs had to leave their dry pond and encountered a well. One said they should live there; the other cautioned about getting out if they needed to.
044 The Frogs ask Zeus for a King. People are never satisfied. Frogs prayed for a king but got a log. Prayed again and got a stork who started to have a feast on them.
045 The Oxen and the Squeaking Axle. The oxen pulling a wagon were disturbed by the creaking of the wheels. Not seeing the heavy load on the wagon the oxen blamed the wheels for complaining.
046 The North Wind and the Sun. The wind and the sun bet on which can force a man to remove a coat. The sun wins.
047 The Boy with the Stomach-ache. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
048 The Nightingale and the Bat. A Bat asked a Nightingale singing at night why he did not sing by day. He answered that when he sang by day he was caught so now only sings at night.
049 The Herdsman who lost a Calf. A herdsman prayed to find his herd. Found with a lion, the herdsman further prayed for his escape.
050 The Weasel and Aphrodite. In a test a Cat was turned into a young maiden. She found a young man and were to be wed. At the wedding Venus released a Mouse and the maiden chased it.
051 The Farmer and the Snake. Man’s Son stepped on a Snake who bit and killed him. The Man cut the tail off the Snake which then went after the Man’s Cattle. No truce could be had.
052 The Farmer and his Dogs. In the midst of a storm the Dogs watch their Master kill his Sheep, Goats, and Oxen in order to sustain himself. The Dogs decided to be safe and leave!
053 The Farmers Sons. There is strength in union. Sticks in a bundle can’t be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken. Same applies to people.
054 The Snails in the Fire. Snails (or Cockles) sizzling are chided for singing.
055 The Woman and her Overworked Maidservants. Be careful what you ask for. A widow was served by maidens awakened by a rooster. They killed the rooster. The widow then woke them earlier.
056 The Witch. (A Woman is tried for promising favor of the gods.) Not linked yet
057 The Old Woman and the Thieving Physician. A physician comes to cure blindness. On each visit an item is stolen. When he demands payment he gets nothing.
058 The Overfed Hen. A Woman wanted two rather than one egg a day from her Hen. She overfed the Hen which caused the Hen to stop laying eggs entirely.
059 Weasel and File. A Weasel destroys its tongue licking a file.
060 The Old Man and Death. An Old Man was tired of picking up sticks and called on Death to take him. Death arrived and the Old Man asked him to pick up the sticks. Changed his mind.
061 Fortune and the Farmer. Man improperly thanks Earth instead of Fortune for gold.
062 The Dolphins at War and the Gudgeon (Crab). Dolphins and Whales were fighting when a Sprat offered to help them. Seems they would rather fight. Too bad.
063 Demades the Orator. Demades, an orator, tried getting people to listen but they would not until he started a fable. He stopped mid-fable chiding them for avoiding truth.
064 The Wrong Remedy for Dog-bite. A Man bitten by a Dog was advised to feed the Dog bread soaked in the wound. Others pointed out what a bad idea it was to give the Dogs an appetite for Man.
065 The Travellers and the Bear. Two Travelers agreed to guard each other. A Bear rushed at both and one climbed a tree; the other played dead and the Bear told him to not trust the other.
066 The Youngsters in the Butcher’s Shop. Two men visited a Cook. The Cook noticed something missing. Both men swore they had not taken it, even though they did. God saw even if the Cook didn’t.
067 The Wayfarers who Found an Axe. One of two Men found an Axe. The other claimed part of the find until the owner showed up to take the Axe back. The other quickly withdrew the claim.
068 The Enemies. Two enemies were on a ship; one up front, the other in the back. The ship was sinking and the enemy at back was delighted he would see the other sink first.
069 Two Frogs were Neighbours. One Frog lived in a pond while another Frog lived by the road. The Pond Frog asked the other to come but the Road Frog said no. Road Frog crushed. Too bad.
070 The Oak and the Reed. Obscurity often brings safety. In a gale, a tree fell but reeds did not. It was observed that reeds can bend in the wind but trees can’t.
071 The Timid and Covetous Man. (Fear and Greed tear at a man over a Lion made of gold.) Not linked yet
072 The Beekeeper. While the BeeMaster was out a thief stole the empty hives. While he was pondering the theft the bees came back and started to sting him. Silly bees.
073 The Ape and the Dolphin. Dolphin saved a Monkey from drowning and gave him a ride to Athens. Dolphin questioned Monkey about Athens and was lied to. Monkey got drowned after all.
074 The Stag at the Fountain. A Stag admired his antlers in a pool but was chased away by a hunter. The hunter was able to catch up when the Stag got his antlers caught in a tree.
075 The One-eyed Stag. A doe with one eye thought she was safe eating while looking shoreward but then missed the archer in the boat. Oh my!
076 The Stag and the Lion in a Cave. A deer being chased tries to hide in a cave with a lion in it. Bad move. Bye, bye deer.
077 The Stag and the Vine. Do not mistreat those who help you. A Hart (stag) hides from hunters in vines. The Hart starts to nibble on the vines and gives himself away. Too bad.
078 Passengers at Sea. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
079 Cat and Mice. A cat came to a house with mice and started to feast. The mice hid and the cat, thinking to fool them, hung itself from a peg as a bag. Didn’t work.
080 The Flies in the Honey. Flies were attracted to a honey jar. They ate greedily. But, their feet and wings got covered with the honey so they could not get free. They died.
081 The Ape and the Fox. An unqualified Monkey became king. A Fox tricked the Monkey into a trap. Monkey asked the Fox how he could do such a thing. Fox said he should have known.
082 Ass, Cock, and Lion. A cock scares a Lion away; the Ass thinks it was his bray that did it and chases after. Too bad for the Ass.
083 The Ape and the Camel. Camel saw how well the Monkey’s performance was received that Camel decided to get up and copy it. Silly Camel did so poorly he was run off.
084 The Two Beetles. (Two island Beetles argue over mainland dung.) Not linked yet
085 The Pig and the Sheep. A Pig lived with a Goat and Sheep. The Master laid hold of him and he resisted. Sheep and Goat complained at the noise. Pig said his life was at stake.
086 The Thrush. A Thrush, seeking food, stayed too long on a branch as was caught even when it knew better.
087 The Goose that laid the Golden Eggs. A man owned a goose that laid golden eggs and decided to kill it to obtain the source of gold. There wasn’t one. Too bad.
088 Hermes and the Statuary. Mercury visited a Sculptor to see how he was valued. Asking about other statues for value he then asked about his image. Sculptor gave it little value.
089 Hermes and Tiresias. Mercury wanted to test Tiresias; he stole some of Tiresias’ oxen and then went to him in human form. Tiresias predicted Mercury could help recover the oxen.
090 Viper and Watersnake. (Frogs can’t really help a Viper against a Watersnake.) Not linked yet
091 The Ass who would be Playmate to his Master. An Ass sees a lap Dog fawned over and decides to sit on the master’s lap like the Dog. Bad move as the Ass quickly finds out.
092 The Two Dogs. A Hound berated a House Dog for getting a large share of the kill on the Master’s return. The House Dog replied it was not his fault; talk to the Master.
093 The Viper and the File. It is useless attacking the insensible. A viper (or snake), in vain, attempts to bite a steel file.
094 The Father and his Two Daughters. A Father asked his two daughters what they wanted. One wanted rain for the plants; the other wanted sunshine to dry tiles. Father could not please both.
095 The Ill-tempered Wife. A hated Wife was sent to relatives as a test. She said the Shepard hated her. The Husband commented that she must also be hated by those with her all day.
096 Viper and Fox. (A Fox comments on a Viper floating on Thistles.) Not linked yet
097 The Young Goat and the Wolf as Musician. A Kid about to be eaten by a Wolf asked the Wolf to play to tune so he could dance. Wolf complied and hounds heard the music and came to chase the Wolf.
098 The Kid on the House-top and the Wolf. A Kid on top of a house shouted at a Wolf below. The Kid could only get away with that so long as he was on the roof.
099 A Statue of Hermes on Sale. A seller had an image of Mercury and claimed it gave riches. When asked why he was selling he said he needed riches now and not later when the image worked.
100 Zeus, Prometheus, Athena, and Momus. Momus was asked to judge the labors of other gods. Momus was jealous and so criticized the work of each. Jupiter saw through this and expelled him.
101 The Jackdaw in the Borrowed Feathers. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
102 Hermes and Earth. (At Zeus’ order, Hermes instructed Earth to allow humans to live and work.) Not linked yet
103 Hermes and the Artisans. Jupiter had a potion of fraud and hypocrisy made but too much was made and the unused part went to tailors. There’s knavery in all trades; most in tailors (or horse-traders in some versions).
104 Zeus and Apollo, A Contest in Archery. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
105 Man’s Years. A Man gave animals shelter and in return they gave him their attributes for various ages of his life: headstrong in youth, laborer later, then snappish.
106 Zeus and the Turtle. Jupiter invited all animals to his wedding. The tortoise was late with the excuse he was slow from home. From then on Jupiter made him carry his house.
107 Zeus and the Fox. (For awhile Zeus made the Fox king of animals but changed his mind.) Not linked yet
108 Zeus and Man. (Smaller men got more intelligence than larger men.) Not linked yet
109 Zeus and Shame. Shame leaves a body when bad things are done.
110 The Hero. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
111 Heracles and Plutus. As a God Hercules called on all other gods except Plutus. Asked why not, Hercules said he saw the God of Wealth with many rascals on Earth it wasn’t proper.
112 Ant and Beetle. (A Beetle did not work to save for winter and suffered for that.) Not linked yet
113 The Tunny and the Dolphin. A Thunny and dolphin wash ashore. The Thunny was pleased to see the dolphin die first.
114 The Physician at the Funeral. (A Physician was chided for not giving timely advice when the man was alive.) Not linked yet
115 The Fowler and the Asp. A man walking and concentrating accidentally stepped on a viper which bit him.
116 The Crab and the Fox. A Crab left the seashore to feed in a meadow. A hungry Fox ate him up. The Crab probably should not have left the shore!
117 The Camel who wanted Horns. The Camel complained to Jupiter about his stature relative to other animals. Jupiter was angry at this and that is why now Camels have shorter ears.
118 The Beaver. Beavers have been hunted for their tail being medicine. When chased, a Beaver escaped capture by biting his tail off.
119 The Gardener watering his Vegetables. (The reason why wild vegetables are more sturdy than cultivated.) Not linked yet
120 The Gardener and His Dog. A Dog dropped into a well. When the Master reached in to get the Dog he thought the Master meant to push him further in. Stupid Dog.
121 The Cithera Player. A Musician had a music room that made him sound excellent. But, when the Musician played on the stage he was not so good and was run off.
122 The Thieves and the Cock. Thieves stole a Cock who pleaded for life saying he serviced man by waking him. The thieves thought this all the better reason to kill and eat the bird.
123 The Jackdaw and the Crows. (Crow tried becoming a Daw; failed; not taken back.) Not linked yet
124 Fox and Crow. A crow has cheese a fox wants. The fox asks the crow to sing. It does and drops the cheese.
125 The Crow and the Raven. The Crow was jealous of the Raven who’s cry was taken as an omen. Crow tried to mimic the Raven but travelers saw through the ploy and ignored the Crow.
126 Jackdaw and Fox. Don’t deceive yourself. A Fox sees a jackdaw waiting for food from a tree with early fruit on it. The Fox tells the daw it is waiting in vain.
127 The Crow and the Dog. A Crow prayed to Minerva. Dog said that the prayer would not be answered as Minerva disliked crows. The Crow said he would continue to try to befriend.
128 Crow and Snake. A hungry Crow flew down and grabbed a Serpent who looked dead but was alive and turned and bit him with a fatal bite. Bye, bye Crow.
129 The Jackdaw and the Pigeons. A jackdaw tries to be two things but fails at both. Too bad.
130 The Stomach and the Feet. Belly had all the food and the rest of the body rebelled and refused to work to get more. They soon relented as the whole body started to starve.
131 The Jackdaw fleeing from Captivity. The mind is responsible for our happiness. A daw has to choose between life in the wild and a life in captivity. Tough choice?
132 The Dog who would chase a Lion. (Dog chased a Lion but thought better of it when Lion roared.) Not linked yet
133 The Dog with the Meat and his Shadow. A dog carrying food crossed a bridge and sees its reflection. Wanting the reflection’s food the dog drops his. Ooops.
134 The Sleeping Dog and the Wolf. A Wolf found a Dog napping outside. Wolf caught Dog but Dog talked Wolf out of a meal saying he’d be fatter after a wedding and would give up then. Didn’t!
135 The Famished Dogs. Hungry Dogs saw hides in the river. They decided to drink up the river to get to the hides. Silly Dogs; they burst trying.
136 The Dog and the Hare. While a Dog chased a Hare he sometimes nipped and sometimes fawned over the Hare. The Hare did not know what to think about the Dog’s bid for friendship.
137 The Gnat and the Bull. A Gnat settled on a Bull. Before the Gnat left he asked the Bull if he could go. The Bull did not care as he had not even noticed the Gnat had some.
138 The Hares and the Frogs. Hares were tired of being afraid. They went to drown themselves when they scared some frogs. Fear no more.
139 The Sea-gull and the Kite. A seagull ate too big a fish and burst his gullet. A passing Kite chided him for being a bird but eating from the sea.
140 The Lion in Love. A Lion was so in love that he let the family take away all his defenses. He probably erred; in one version he dies.
141 The Lion and the Frog. Imaginary fears are the worst. A frightened lion gets scared by a bullfrog while crossing a swamp.
142 The Aged Lion and the Fox. A sick lion called others to his cave. Many went in but none came out. Latecomers refused to go in. Smart!
143 The Lion and the Bull. A Lion tried to trick a Bull to his lair by inviting to share a killed sheep. On approach, the Bull saw tools but no sheep and turned and left. Very wise!
144 The Lion in the Farmer’s Yard. A Lion got shut into a farmyard by a Farmer. The Lion attacked all the Farmer’s animals until the Farmer released him. Silly Farmer!
145 Lion and Dolphin. The Lion and Dolphin made a pact to help each other. When the Lion was attacked he called for the Dolphin who could not come as he could not leave the sea.
146 The Lion startled by a Mouse. A Lion was asleep when a Mouse ran over his mane waking him. He searched for the Mouse not out of fear but because of his familiarity and ill-breeding.
147 Lion and Bear. A Lion battled a Bear (or Tiger) for a killed Fawn. When both were too tired to move a Fox came and made off with the prey. Too bad; should have shared.
148 The Lion and the Hare. A Lion was about to eat a Hare when a Stag comes by. The Lion decides to chase the Stag but never catches it. The Hare was gone with the Lion came back.
149 Lion, Ass, and Fox. A lion hunted with others. When it came time to divide the spoils the lion killed those who attempted to divide thing evenly. The fox learned and lived.
150 Lion and Mouse. A Lion was caught in a net by freed by a Mouse that had, before, bothered the Lion. They became friends.
151 The Lion and the Ass Hunting. An Ass and a Lion hunted together. Ass went into the forest and brayed to scare animals to the Lion. Asked how he did, the Lion was very sarcastic.
152 The Brigand and the Mulberry Tree. (Brigand tried to say blood was Mulberry juice when it wasn’t.) Not linked yet
153-1 The Wolves and the Sheep. Wolves convinced the Sheep they would be better off without the guard Dogs which they dismissed. Should not have done that; the Sheep are now eaten.
153-2 The Wolves and Sheep. Wolves and Sheep made a pact of peace where Sheep gave up Dogs and Wolves their young. The young cries and Wolves cried foul. Bye-bye Sheep!
154 The Wolf and the Horse. A wolf met a Horse coming out of a field of oats. Wolf advised Horse to eat the fine oats. Horse was on to the Wolf as oats are not the food of Wolves.
155 The Wolf and the Lamb. A Wolf catches a Lamb who then begs for life. No luck.
156 The Wolf and the Heron. A Crane wanted to get paid for taking a bone from the throat of a Wolf. The Wolf advised caution.
157 The Wolf and the Goat. A Wolf called to a Goat feeding to come to the meadow where there was better food. The Goat saw through the ruse. Smart Goat!
158 The Wolf and the Old Woman Nurse. A Wolf overheard a mother telling a child if the child wasn’t quiet she would feed him to the wolves. Expecting supper, all the Wolf got was disappointment.
159 Wolf and Sheep. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
160 The Disabled Wolf and the Sheep. A Wolf asking a passing Sheep for water. The Sheep demurred saying that if he brought water he would become supper. Smart Sheep.
161 The Fortune-teller. A Seer was telling fortunes when a neighbor ran up saying the Seer’s house was being broken into. On his way there people asked why he did not foretell that.
162 The Baby and the Crow. (A baby died as predicted by a Crow; just not a bird.) Not linked yet
163 Zeus and the Bees. A Queen Bee gave honey to Jupiter and asked, in return, for a sting against those who attack. Jupiter gave her a sting but with it comes death if used.
164 The Mendicant Priests. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
165 Battle of the Mice and Cats. Mice and Weasels were fighting. The Mice picked their bravest to lead and made them generals. Mice fled when Weasels came but generals could not. Too bad.
166 The Ant. A Man used to steal and store goods from neighbors. Jupiter turned him into an Ant but his behavior did not change.
167 The Fly. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
168 The Shipwrecked Man. A man was shipwrecked and blamed the sea for his troubles. The sea responded saying it was not he but the wind that should be blamed.
169 The Prodigal Young Man and the Swallow. A man saw a Swallow early in the season and sold his coat. The weather turned cold again and the man bemoaned that it would kill him and the Swallow.
170 Physician and Sick Man. A Doctor tends a dying patient telling him that all his symptoms are natural and normal. The patient complains that he is ready to die of good symptoms.
171 Bat, Thorn Bush, and Gull. The partnerss lost related items and now behave accordingly.
172 The Bat and the Two Weasels. A Bat caught by a Weasel pleaded to live as the Weasel thought he was a bird and wasn’t. Caught again he pleaded as a Mouse. Once more free.
173 Hermes and the Woodcutter. A workman lost an axe. Mercury recovered a gold and silver axe which the workman refused. Mercury then recovered the real axe and gave him the others.
174 Fortune and the Traveller by the Well. A person slept by a well. Fortune, not wanting to be blamed for a drowning, saved the person from folly.
175 The Travellers and the Plane Tree. To the dismay of a Plane-Tree some men sitting under its shade talked badly about it. They got corrected.
176 The Man who warmed a Snake. A farmer takes pity on a frozen snake and brings it home. Thawed, the snake reverts to character and bites all.
177 The Driftwood on the Sea. Seaside Travelers waited by the shore for a boat they saw in the distance to land. When it did they saw it was only a load of wood. Disappointment!
178 The Traveller’s Offering to Hermes. A Traveler bargained safe passage with Mercury for half of any findings. He found nuts and dates and ate both leaving pits and shells for Mercury.
179 The Ass and Gardener. An Ass worked under many masters, each worked him harder than the last. He decried ever leaving the first as the last was a tanner who will take his hide.
180 The Ass with a Burden of Salt. A Salt Merchant loaded an Ass who slipped in water. Load lightened, second time the Ass fell on purpose. Third time Merchant loaded sponges. Water is heavy.
181 The Ass and the Mule. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
182 The Ass carrying the Image of a God. An Ass carrying a sacred Image through town thought all the bowing was for him instead of the Image. His Master set him straight with a well placed whip.
183 The Wild Ass and the Tame Ass. A Wild Ass envied the pasture and care given a Tame Ass until, one day, he came upon the Tame Ass pulling a cart and being whipped. Wild savored freedom.
184 The Ass and the Cicadas. An Ass liked the melody of a Grasshopper. The Ass asked about food thinking it gave the song. Dew was the answer. Ass ate nothing but and died of hunger.
185 The Donkeys make a Petition to Zeus. Asses complained to Jupiter about being overworked. As a joke, Jupiter told them to piss in a river to lighten their load. To today when one pisses all do.
186 The Ass and his Driver. An Ass being driven on a road veered toward a cliff. The Driver tried to stop the Ass but could not and had to let the Ass drop. Too bad for the Ass.
187-1 The Wolf as Physician. An Ass pretended to be lame when he saw a Wolf coming. Wolf asked the problem and Ass said he had a thorn. The Wolf agreed to remove it; got kicked trying.
187-2 The Wolf as Physician. A Lion wanted a Horse for a meal. He tried taking the part of a doctor at a school. When the Horse showed up he saw through the sham and escaped by kicking.
188 Ass in Lion’s Skin. Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool. An ass decides to have fun and dresses as a lion. The ass is found out and beaten. Shame.
189 The Ass and the Frogs. An Ass with a load of wood fell in a pond. Frogs asked why he was making such a big deal out of the fall when they live in the pond all the time.
190 Ass, Crow, and Wolf. An Ass with an open sore had a Raven pick at the sore. The groom laughed. A passing Wolf noted if he had done that, he would be killed. Injustice!!!
191 The Fox Betrays the Ass. An Ass and a Fox partnered but when a Lion came the Fox said he would lead the Ass to a pit for the Lion. Lion agreed. Fox did it. Lion killed Fox first.
192 The Hen and the Swallow. A Hen sat on eggs in am abandoned viper’s nest. A Swallow called her out asking why she would be incubating the eggs of a mortal enemy. Good question!
193 The Fowler and the Lark. A Fowler was building a net. A Blackbird asked and the Fowler said it was a city. The Blackbird took the bait and was caught. Just too gullible.
194 The Fowler and the Stork. A Farmer set nets to catch Cranes which ate seed. A Stork was with the Cranes. The Stork plead for his life. The Farmer said he gets the same punishment.
195 The Camel seen for the First Time. First scared by the sight of a Camel, a Man eventually became so comfortable around the Camel he allowed a child to ride him.
196 The Snake and the Crab. A Snake was advised by a Crab to give up bad dealings. Snake did not so Crab found the Snake and killed it. Snake should have listened to Crab.
197 Snake, Weasel, and Mice. (Snake and Weasel fought until they saw the Mice leaving. Yum.) Not linked yet
198 Zeus and the Downtrodden Snake. Snake should have bit the first man who trod on it.
199 The Boy and the Scorpion. A Boy hunting locusts put out his hand toward a Scorpion. The Scorpion, showing his stinger, made the Boy glad he did not touch him or he would lose all.
200 The Thief and his Mother. A Boy about to be executed for stealing went to his Mother and bit her ear. He then accused her of abetting his first crime which later led to the gallows.
201 The Pigeon and the Picture. Pigeon captured after crashing into picture thinking it was reality.
202 The Pigeon and the Crow. A caged Dove boasted to a Crow about all the young. The Crow pointed out to the Dove that having many young is good but it’s better for them to be free.
203 The Ape and the Fisherman. A Monkey watched a Fisherman cast his nets and determined to try the same after the Fisherman left. Monkey got caught in the reeds and died. Too bad.
204 The Rich Man and the Tanner. A rich man complained about the smell from a near-by tanner. The tanner said he would move but did not and the rich man eventually got used to the smell.
205 The Hired Mourners. A Woman with two daughters buried one, and mourners were provided for the funeral. The other daughter asked about strangers. Woman said they had the money.
206 Shepherd and Dog. (Shepherd regretted giving dog pieces of dying sheep.) Not linked yet
207 The Shepherd and the Sea. A Shepherd saw the calm seas and wanted to sail. He sold his Sheep and got some dates to sell overseas. His ship sank in a tempest and he lost everything.
208 The Shepherd and his Sheep. A Shepherd put his cloak on the ground and shook acorns on it for his sheep. The sheep ate the acorns and tore the cloak. Shepherd was not happy.
209 The Shepherd and the Young Wolves. A Shepherd raised a young Wolf with his Dogs. It seemed well trained but held behind and ate off the flock until found out. Shepherd hung the Wolf.
210 The Shepherd who cried “Wolf!” A bored Boy tending Sheep cried “Wolf!” to get attention. He did it again and people came. A third time and the Boy was ignored. Goodbye flock.
211 The Boy Bathing in the River. A Boy was in danger of drowning and asked for help. The bystander berated him for being in the river. Boy asked that he help now and criticize later.
212 The Sheep Unskilfully Sheared. A Widow decided to shear her only Sheep. She botched the job and was berated by the Sheep.
213 Pomegranate, Apple Tree, and Bramble. A Peach and Apple were arguing about which was most beautiful. A Berry vine spoke up asking they cease their argument in his presence.
214 The Mole. A young Mole insisted he could see though blind from birth. His Mother put some incense before him and he knew not what it was. Not only blind but no smell.
215 The Wasps and the Partridges. Wasps and Partridges asked a Farmer for water and promised doing tasks in return. The Farmer said his Oxen do that work already so he would water them.
216 The Wasp and the Snake. A Wasp tormented a Snake close to death. The Snake decided to put his head under a wagon wheel in hopes to take the Wasp with him in death.
217 The Bull and the Wild Goats. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
218 The Ape’s Twin Offspring. Mother Monkey had two babies. One was reared with love and one with neglect. The loved one was smothered and died; the other grew despite neglect.
219 The Peacock and the Jackdaw. The Birds wanted a king and the Peacock applied. He was almost elected due to his beauty but a Magpie asked practical questions. Peacock failed.
220 Camel and Elephant. (Neither were elected king when their failings were revealed.) Not linked yet
221 Zeus and the Snake. (A Snake’s gift was rejected because it was presented by mouth.) Not linked yet
222 The Sow and the Bitch. A Sow and Dog argued. The Sow swore by Venus she would disembowel the Dog if he did not mend ways. Dog said few ate pork; Sow said nobody ate Dog.
223 A Dispute concerning Fecundity. A Sow and Cat (Dog) were discussing and comparing litters to no avail. But, the Sow got in the last word.
224 The Wild Boar and the Fox. A Wild Boar was sharpening his tusks. A Fox asked why. The Boar said that it would be foolish to not be ready and have to sharpen them when needed.
225 The Miser. A miser tried to hide his gold but a thief saw where and took the gold. Too bad.
226 The Tortoise and the Hare. A Tortoise and Hare decide to race. The hare is so confident in the lead that he naps while the tortoise keeps going to win.
227 The Swallow Nesting on the Courthouse. A Swallow nested on the Court of Justice. A Snake came and ate her babies. She bemoaned how she got no justice where others did.
228 The Geese and the Cranes. The more vulnerable need to watch more closely. Geese landed to feed with cranes. When scared, the lighter cranes fled but the geese were caught instead.
229 The Swallow and the Crow. The Swallow and Crow argued about their plumage. The Crow said Swallow’s feathers are all good in the spring, but his protects him against the winter.
230 The Turtle takes Lessons from the Eagle. A Tortoise wanted to fly and promised riches. An Eagle heard and took the Tortoise for a ride. No reward though so a second ride and sudden drop followed.
231 The Athlete and the Flea. A Flea bit a Wrestler who called out to Hercules for help. None came even after the second bite. Seems Hercules answered but said: “No.”
232 The Foxes at the Meander River. (A Fox got washed away when looking for a drink.) Not linked yet
233 The Swan and his Owner. (A Swan only sings when about to die; not on command.) Not linked yet
234 The Wolf and the Shepherd. A Wolf stayed with a flock of sheep until the Shepherd started to ignore him. With that opportunity the Wolf struck and had his meal.
235 The Ant and the Dove. A dove about to be caught in a tree was scared away because an ant, seeing the problem, stung the bird catcher who then yelled.
236 The Travellers and the Crow. A one-eyed Crow flew in front of two travelers and was taken to be a bad omen by one. The other pointed out the Crow could not even foretell his own future.
237 A Donkey Bought on Approval. A man wanted to purchase an Ass and took him home for a trial. The Ass befriended the most idle of those the man already owned. Bye, bye Ass.
238 The Fowler and the Pigeons. (Tame Pigeons thought more of themselves than captured wild Pigeons.) Not linked yet
239 The Depositary and the god Horkos. (The god Horkos [Oath] comes immediately for those who lie.) Not linked yet
240 Prometheus and Men. (Some Men got made with parts of beasts.) Not linked yet
241 Cicada and Fox. (A Cicada refused to come down when a Fox tried to trick it.) Not linked yet
242 The Hyena and the Fox. (A Hyena was seen as both male and female which confused a Fox.) Not linked yet
243 The Hyenas. (What comes around goes around with Hyena sex.) Not linked yet
244 The Parrot and the Cat. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
245 The Timid Soldier and the Crows. (A Soldier refused to fight; not wanting to be eaten by Crows.) Not linked yet
246 The Wife and her Drunken Husband. A drunken Husband was taken to the morgue by his wife. She came back later but the Husband told her to go away unless she had drink for him.
247 Diogenes on a Journey. (Diogenes tries to cross a flooded river.) Not linked yet
248 Diogenes and the Bald Man. (Diogenes gives a sarcastic answer to a bald man.) Not linked yet
249 The Dancing Camel. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
250 The Nut Tree. A fruitful Walnut Tree by a road was attacked by passers-by to get the nuts. The Tree lamented his position.
251 The Lark. A Lark was caught and sentenced to death. The Lark complained that punishment did not fit the crime as all he took was a grain of corn; not jewels. Too bad.
252 The Dog, the Rooster, and the Fox. A Dog is hiding in a hole in a tree. A cock is in the tree crowing. A fox hears and comes for a meal. Surprise!
253 Dog and Shellfish. The Dog ate an Oyster thinking it was an egg. He suffered greatly in his stomach due to this rash action. Dog should have thought before acting.
254 Dog and Butcher. While a Butcher was busy a Dog came into the shop and ran off with a Sheep’s heart. The Butcher called out that he would be better prepared next time.
255 Mosquito and Lion. A Gnat boasted he beat a Lion by stinging his face while the Lion tore his skin trying to get at the Gnat. Later the Gnat got caught in a web and was eaten.
256 Hares and Foxes. In a war with Eagles, the Hares called for Foxes to help. The Foxes said they did not know the Hares or who they were fighting and so demurred.
257 Lioness and Fox. Beasts, especially the Fox, were kidding a Lioness about having but one baby a year while they had many. She pointed out that baby was a lion. Lioness won.
258 The Sick Lion, the Wolf, and Fox. A sick Lion was attended by Wolf and Fox. Wolf said the Fox had been gone plotting. Fox returned saying he found a cure: the pelt of a Wolf. Bye Wolf. [Also see 585]
259 The Lion, Prometheus, and the Elephant. A Lion bemoaned his state to Jupiter who refused to help. The Lion then saw an Elephant who was bothered by a Gnat. The Lion thought better of his state.
260 The Wolf Admiring his Shadow. A Wolf thought himself special because his shadow got longer as the sun set. As the Wolf watched his shadow a Lion pounced on him. Too self absorbed!
261 The Wolf and the Lamb. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
262 The Trees and the Olive. (The Olive declined an offer to be kind of the trees.) Not linked yet
263 The Ass and the Mule. An ass was overloaded and asked for help. No help was forthcoming and the ass died. The other animal then had to carry the whole load.
264 The Ass and his Fellow Traveller the Dog. (Dog said to throw a letter which only benefited the Ass away.) Not linked yet
265 The Fowler and the Partridge. The Partridge begged for life from the hunter by saying he would deliver many of his fellows instead. The hunter would have nothing of this betrayal.
266 The Two Wallets. Men are born with two bags; one in front carrying neighbor’s faults and one behind carrying their own faults.
267 The Shepherd and the Wolf. (A Wolf raised as a Dog secretly continued to behave as a Wolf.) Not linked yet
268 The Caterpillar and the Snake. (A Caterpillar stretches and breaks trying to be as long as a Snake.) Not linked yet
269 The Wild Boar, the Horse, and the Hunter. If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs. A horse lets a rider mount to chase a stag. The rider keeps the horse.
270 The Wall and the Stake. (A Stake claims innocence in breaking apart a Wall.) Not linked yet
271 Winter and Spring. (Winter claims to be best by keeping men together; Spring disagrees.) Not linked yet
272 Man and Flea. A Flea begged for his life after biting a man. No argument the Flea used could be enough to sway the man from killing the evil Flea.
273 The Flea and the Ox. A Flea and Ox discussed their treatment by man. The Ox bore the work for the reward of being patted. The Flea commented that such patting would kill it.
274 Good Things and Evil. The Goods were driven away by many Ills. Jupiter advised them that influencing man one at a time rather than all at once would get them past the Ills.
275 The Eagle who had his Wings Cropped. An Eagle was caught and had his wings clipped. A neighbor bought the Eagle and let his wings grow out. A Fox cautioned the Eagle about paying tribute.
276 The Wounded Eagle. An Eagle flying was hit by an Arrow. Looking back at it, the Eagle saw feathers from an Eagle on the Arrow. What a great irony!
277 The Nightingale and the Swallow. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
278 The Athenian and the Theban. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
279 The Goat and the Ass. A Goat envied an Ass for the extra food. Goat advised the Ass to fall to get some rest from work. The Ass did but the lungs of a Goat healed him. Oooops!
280 Goat and Goatherd. A Goatherd attempted to bring a stray back to the flock. A last the Goatherd threw a stone which broke the goat’s horn. No way to keep that a secret.
281 The Fighting Cocks. Two Cocks were fighting to rule the yard. The loser hid while the winner danced around the yard drawing an Eagle’s attention. Bye-bye loser, hello winner.
282 Little Fish escape the Net. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
283 The Fire-bearing Fox. A Farmer caught a fox and put a rope on fire on its tail. The Fox ran through the Farmer’s fields destroying his crop.
284 The Man and the Lion. A Lion sees a statue of Man defeating a Lion and comments that had a Lion carved the statue it would be different.
285 The Man who broke a Statue of Hermes. A Man prayed to a wooden God to no avail. One day he threw the idol so hard it broke and inside he found coins. Strange way to answer prayers.
286 Spider and Lizard. Not linked yet
287 The Arab and his Camel. A Camel was asked if he preferred to go up-hill or down-hill. The Camel asked back if the flat way through the desert was closed? Wise Camel.
288 The Bear and the Fox. A Bear bragged about how kind he was; he would not touch a man’s dead body. A Fox told him it would be better if he ate the dead instead of the living!
289 The Frog Physician. A Frog proclaimed himself a physician. A Fox asked the Frog how he can cure others when he can’t cure his own wrinkled appearance. [Note: A similar fable with a Worm instead of Frog exists.]
290 The Oxen and the Butchers. Some Oxen wanted the destruction of the Butchers. A wiser member of the herd said to wait; Butchers slaughter skillfully; If gone unskilled will do the job.
291 The Ox-driver and Heracles. The gods help those who help themselves. A stuck wagoner prays to Hercules for help but receives none.
292 Ox and Ass Ploughing. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
293 The Weasel Caught. A Man caught a Weasel who pled for his life based on his catching Mice for the Man. In truth, the Weasel caught mice for his own needs/pleasure. To bad.
294 The Crane and the Peacock. A Peacock was strutting before a Crane saying how beautiful he was. The Crane pointed out that it could fly with his feathers instead of just strut around.
295 The Farmer who lost his Mattock. A Husbandman lost his Mattock. Men denied knowing so he went to town to ask the Oracle. Oracle robbed the night before; nobody knew by who. Man went home.
296 The Farmer and the Eagle. A Peasant freed an Eagle from a trap. Later, Eagle seeing the Peasant under an unsafe wall made Peasant chase him. When he returned, the wall had fallen.
297 Farmer and Cranes. Cranes invaded a Farmer’s field. He could drive them off with an empty sling for awhile but later had to use rocks. That’s when they learned and left.
298 Farmer and Starlings. (No summary yet.) Not linked yet
299 The Farmer and the Tree. A Peasant was cutting down an apple tree despite pleas from animals living in it. He stopped when he found a hive with honey. Tree now doing fine!
300 The Steer and the Bull. A heifer (or calf) watched an ox pulling a plow and chided him for his hard life versus the others easy life. The ox got the last word. See why here.
301 The Slave Girl and Aphrodite. Not linked yet
302-1 The Oak Trees and Zeus. The trees willingly give a woodsman a shaft for his axe. Ooops, too bad.
302-2 The Oak Trees and Zeus. The Oaks complained to Jupiter about being cut so often. Jupiter told them they make excellent structures; if they did not then they would be cut less.
303 The Woodcutters and the Pine. An Oak tree was cut down and split using wedges made from its own wood. The Oak lamented the fact that its own material was used against it.
304 The Fir Tree and the Thistle. A tree argues with a bramble about status when the lumberjack comes to cut the tree down. Oooops.
305 The Sick Stag and his Friends. Visitors to a sick Stag each ate some of his food. The Stag died of hunger not illness.
306 Hermes and a Man bitten by an Ant. A Philosopher saw a shipwreck. While musing on the fate of the vessel a swarm of Ants approach and one bit him. He stomped on them all. Hypocrite.
307 Hermes and the Sculptor. Not linked yet
308 The Dog and the Square-hewn Statue of Hermes. Not linked yet
309 Hermes with a Wagon full of Lies. Not linked yet
310 The Eunuch and the Soothsayer. Not linked yet
311 Zeus, the Animals and Men. (Zeus gave the animals various gifts but not man who complained. Zeus pointed out man can speak like the gods. That helped.) Not linked yet
312 Zeus and the Jar full of Good Things. Not linked yet
313 The Judgments of Zeus. Not linked yet
314 The Sun and the Frogs. The Sun wanted to wed. The Frogs complained to Jupiter about how that might further dry up their living area.
315 The Mule. When a Mule was happy he thought his parent was a spirited Horse. The next day he was put to work and realized he was only a Mule.
316 Heracles and Athena. Hercules came on and beat a small animal that grew with each strike until Pallas came along and said to stop as it was Strife and would shrink if not fed.
317 The Unskilled Physician. Not linked yet
318 The Old Race Horse in the Mill. A aged, pampered Battle Horse was sent to work for a Miller. Work was tedious and asked the Miller why his fate had changed but was told to accept his lot.
319 The Horse and his Groom. A Groom spent days grooming his Horse while, at the same time, he stole his oats and sold them. The Horse wished he would groom less and feed more.
320 The Soldier and his Horse. A Soldier cared for his Horse during war. After the war, care was not so much. When war came again, the Soldier had to go alone as the Horse was not fit.
321 The Camel in the River. Not linked yet
322 The Crab and his Mother. A child crab is berated by the parent crab for walking awkwardly. The child crab points out the parent should set the example.
323 The Crow and Hermes. A Crow was caught but released by Apollo on promise of an offering. The offering was never made so when the Crow as again captured no other god helped.
324 The Sick Crow and his Mother. A sick kite begged his mother to visit altars and pray for his recovery. The mother said no as they had robbed all the altars she might pray at.
325 The Lark and the Farmer. A Lark’s young ones wanted to know when to leave the field they were in. The mother said when the owner hires workers instead of trying to do it himself.
326 The Timid Hunter. A timid Hunter was looking for Lion spoor. A Woodman offered to show the Hunter the Lion but the Hunter declined saying he was just looking for tracks.
327 The Hunter and the Fisherman. A Huntsman and Fisherman met and decided to exchange what each caught. They kept doing this until a neighbor pointed out they might like what they caught.
328 The Dog and the Banquet. A Dog invited another to the feast. The visiting Dog was found among the food by the cook who threw him out. To save face, visitor said he was drunk.
329 The Hunting Dog. (A hunting Dog was well fed and kept but one day he broke free. Asked why by other Dogs he said he was tired of fighting lions and bears and being close to death.) Not linked yet
330 The Dog and his Master. A Traveler was ready for a trip and found his Dog by the door waiting for him. Dog had gotten ready first.
331 Dog and Hare. A Hound scared and chased a Hare but gave up after some distance. Asked why, the Hound cited motivation: Hound ran for supper, Hare ran for life.
332 The Dog with a Bell on his Neck. A bad dog was given a collar so people could be warned at his approach. The dog thought it a good thing and was proud of it. He was wrong.
333 The Rabbit and the Fox. (A Rabbit asked a Fox how he got the name “sly.” The Fox said to follow him home for supper. The Rabbit was the supper and finally understood.) Not linked yet
334 The Lion’s Reign. The Lion set up a kingdom where he proclaimed that all animals should live together in peace. The Hare observed he wanted that but ran for his life instead.
335 The Lion and the Eagle. An Eagle asked a Lion for a truce for mutual advantage. The Lion said OK but only if the Eagle provided a bond against just flying away.
336 Sick Lion, Fox and Stag. Not linked yet
337 Lion, Fox, and Ape. Not linked yet
338 The Lion and the Boar. A Lion and Boar fought over water on a hot day. During a break in the fight they saw Vultures waiting for the loser. Instantly, the battle was over.
339 Lion and Wild Ass. The lion allied with other animals to hunt so that more prey could be caught. When it came time to divide the spoils the lion made it clear all was his.
340 The Lion and the Bowman. A Lion (or Tiger) stands up to an archer only to find an arrow in his side. The Fox slyly asks if he really intended for that to happen. Unhappy Lion.
341 The Mad Lion. Not linked yet
342 The Wolves and the Dogs. Wolves argued the Sheepdogs should give them the sheep as the master only gave the dogs bones. The Sheepdogs agreed and the Wolves immediately killed them.
343 The Wolves and the Dogs at War. Not linked yet
344 A Wolf among the Lions. A large Wolf was nicknamed Lion. Believing this he moved to live with Lions. A Fox observed he might be a lion among wolves; but, was a wolf among lions.
345 The Wolf and the Fox at a Trap. Not linked yet
346 The Wolf and the Well-fed Dog. A Dog offered to help a Wolf get regular feed from his Master. The Wolf listened but saw a bald spot on Dog’s neck where the collar sat. Goodbye said Wolf.
347 Wolf and Lion. The Wolf killed a sheep. While carrying it he met a Lion who took the sheep. Wolf complained about the theft but the Lion pointed out the hypocrisy in that.
348 The Wolf as Governor and the Ass. A new Wolf ruler was suggesting everyone share everything when an Ass made it clear he should also share the Sheep he had hid away. Ooops!
349 The Lamp. A Lamp, burning bright, boasted it had light like the Sun. Wind blew it out. The Master re-lit the lamp and told it to not boast any longer.
350 Adulterer and Husband. Not linked yet
351 The Calf and the Deer. A Fawn questioned larger deer about why they flee a Dog when they are so much bigger. Nobody could answer; it was just in their nature the Fawn was told.
352 The Country Mouse and the City Mouse. A Town and Country Mouse visited each other. The Town Mouse was fed basic food at leisure; the Country Mouse had to run away from fine food. He ran home.
353 The Mouse and the Bull. A Mouse bothered a Bull to the point where the Bull tried to tear down the wall. He could not and slept where the Mouse could attack him again.
354 The Mouse and the Blacksmiths. (A Blacksmith laughed when he saw a Mouse leaving his shop. The Mouse complained the Blacksmith was so poor he could not even support a Mouse.) Not linked yet
355 The Wayfarer and Truth. A Traveler met Truth and asked why Truth was in the country. Truth said that while before there were few liars in the city, now there are many.
356 The Sheep and the Dog. Sheep complained they had to pay with wool for their good life but the Dog did not have to pay. Dog pointed out without him Sheep would likely be dead.
357 The Ass that envied the Horse. An Ass bemoaned his treatment compared with a horse. The horse was taken into battle and died. The Ass thought better of his previous opinion.
358 The Ass in the Lion’s Skin. Not linked yet
359 The Donkey on the Tiles. An Ass started to play on the roof and broke tiles. The Owner beat him. The Ass thought it strange he could not do with yesterday a Monkey did.
360 The Ass eating Thorns. Not linked yet
361 The Fowler, the Partridge, and the Cock. A bird catcher caught nothing and had to pick between his partridge lure and a rooster. Good bye rooster despite a good argument.
362 The Snake’s Tail and the Other Members. A Snake’s Tail rebelled against the Head so Head let Tail lead the way. Over a cliff they both went. Tail was silent after that.
363 The Boy and the Painted Lion. A dream said King’s Son would be killed by a Lion. King built a fortress with a painted Lion for the Son. A thorn near the painting stuck the Son who died.
364 The Ape Mother and Zeus. In a beautiful baby contest a Monkey presented her baby to Jupiter. Others laughed but Monkey asserted that whatever happened her baby was beautiful.
365 The Shepherd about to enclose a Wolf in the Fold. A Shepherd was about to lock a Wolf up for the night with the sheep. His Dog queried him about the reasonableness of doing that; a wise question.
366 The Shepherd who reared a Wolf. A Shepherd raised a Wolf to steal from neighbors. The Wolf was grateful but warned the Shepherd to be even more cautious now.
367 War and Insolence. Not linked yet
368 The Hide in the River. (A River asked an Ox Hide what he was called. “Hard” was the answer. The River laughed saying he would soften the Hide up.) Not linked yet
369 The Rose and the Amaranth. An Amaranth envied a rose but the rose said it would rather have the immortal life of the Amaranth.
370 The Trumpeter. Words may be deeds. Taken prisoner, a trumpeter pled for life based on not doing battle. But the call to battle was his undoing.
371 The Lizard and the Snake. Not linked yet
372 Three Bulls and a Lion. A Lion wanted to dine on some bulls but they grouped together when he advanced. One day the bulls went to different fields and were eaten one by one. (Other authors say: The Four Oxen and The Lion.)
373 The Cicada and the Ant. A Grasshopper frolicked while an Ant stored food for the winter. When winter came the Ant was comfortable; the Grasshopper not so.
374 The Goat and the Vine. (A Vine complained when a Goat ate the grapes but then said he would happily provide all needed grapes when the Goat was sacrificed.) Not linked yet
375 The Baldheaded Horseman. A bald Knight wore a wig which a gust of wind took away. While his companions laughed, the Knight took it in stride and made a joke of it. Good for him.
376 The Toad puffing herself Up. A frog inflates itself bragging he can be as big as an ox or bull. Too big, too bad. Pop.
377 The Boasting Swallow and the Crow. (A Swallow boasted of being a princess who had her tongue cut out. Crow said you talk a lot for having no tongue.) Not linked yet
378 The Two Pots. Two pots, metal and clay, float down a waterway. The metal pot asks the clay to be close; the clay demurs fearing breakage.
379 The Man enamoured of his own Daughter. (A man fell in love with his daughter, sent his wife to the country, and forced himself on the daughter.) Not linked yet
380 The Man who evacuated his own Wits. (A king’s son sat so long on the toilet he evacuated his wits which is why people look after. Not to worry as you have no wits.) Not linked yet
381 The Aged Farmer and the Donkeys. (An aged farmer wanted to see a city before death. Sons put him in a wagon pulled by donkeys who got lost in a storm.) Not linked yet
382 The Ancestors of the Delphians. (Aesop told the Delphians they were the children of slaves.) Not linked yet
383 The Two Roads. (Roads to Freedom and Slavery were described. The rough road to Freedom was selected.) Not linked yet
384-1 The Mouse and the Frog. Frog and Mouse lived across a stream. Mouse agreed to be taken across to visit Frog. Frog gets greedy and dives; Mouse screams. Kite hears and takes both.
384-2 The Mouse and the Frog. A Mouse and Frog fought so hard they did not notice a Hawk overhead. The Hawk saw them and swooped down and carried them both off to supper.
385 Dreams. (Dreams started out to be true but were turned false when oracles complained to Zeus. Zeus then made some dreams true and others false in response.) Not linked yet
386 The Foolish Girl. (A mother prayed for her daughter to get sense. She was deflowered by a man saying he was giving her sense. Mother said she lost all sense she had.) Not linked yet
387 The Poor Man catching Insects. (A poor man caught insects to sell and eat. One talked him out of killing it.) Not linked yet
388 The Widow and the Ploughman. (A grieving widow was tricked into living with a Ploughman who pretended to also be grieving. The Ploughman’s oxen were stolen he started to weep saying he now had something to be sorry about.) Not linked yet
389 The Cat’s Birthday Dinner. (A Cat invited birds to a false birthday supper and then ate them all for the feast.) Not linked yet
390 The Crow and the Pitcher. A thirsty crow wanted water from a pitcher. He filled it with pebbles to raise the water level to drink. Clever!
391 The Landlord and the Sailors. (A Landlord mad at Sailors for rowing slow in bad weather said he would throw stones at them. They replied they wished they were somewhere where there were stones to pick up.) Not linked yet
392 The Sick Donkey and the Wolf Physician. (A Wolf prodded a sick Donkey. Asked where it hurt, the Donkey said “where you poked.”) Not linked yet
393 The Aethiopian. A Master had a Colored Servant. Thinking the skin was dirty from his former master’s abuse, Master subjected the servant to constant washing. No change.
394 The Fox as Helper to the Lion. A Fox helped a Lion catch prey but got jealous of the Lion taking the bigger share. Fox went out on his own but got caught himself with no Lion to help.
395 The Serpent and the Eagle. Serpent had the best of an Eagle when a man freed the Eagle. Serpent put venom into the man’s water but the Eagle knocked it out of his hand. Man lived.
396 The Kites and the Swans. Kites had the gift of song but were enchanted by the neigh of a Horse. In trying to imitate that the Kites lost their ability to sing.
397 The Fowler and the Cicada. (A Fowler thought he would catch more fish with a Cicada chirping. No such luck.) Not linked yet
398 The Crow and the Swan. A Raven desired a Swan’s white feathers. He thought the color was due to the water so he went to live in the lake. Not water, and going hungry, he perished.
399 The Swan that was caught instead of a Goose. A Swan and Goose were raised together; one for song and one for supper. The cook picked the Swan but he sung out and saved his life.
400 The Bees and the Shepherd. (A Shepherd was bothered by Bees when he tried to steal honey. He gave up due to the Bees bothering him.) Not linked yet
401 The Foal. (A Mare dropped a Foal during a ride. The Foal was weak and asked the rider to carry him so he could grow up and give the rider a ride.) Not linked yet
402 The Hunter and the Horseman. A Hunter had a Hare a horseman wanted. Horseman asked to buy but rode off when he had the Hare. Hunter could not catch him so he gifted the Hare.
403 The Hunter and the Dog. (A Hunter tried to entice a Dog with scraps of bread. The Dog said to stop as he suspected the motive.) Not linked yet
404 Hunter and Wolf. (A Hunter sent dogs against a Wolf who was attacking sheep to show him how it felt to be attacked.) Not linked yet
405 Cyclops. (A poor man with a sword wanted to kill himself but came upon gold hidden by a Cyclops. He took the gold and left the sword shich the Cyclops used to kill himself when he found the gold gone.) Not linked yet
406 Some Dogs tearing a Lion’s Skin. Fox found Dogs tearing apart a lion skin. Fox told the Dogs they would have a problem if the Lion were still in the skin.
407 A Dog chasing a Wolf. (A Dog felt brave when chasing a Wolf. At a distance the Wolf turned as told the Dog he was afraid of the Master and not the Dog.) Not linked yet
408 A Thirsty Rabbit. (A thirsty Rabbit went into a well to drink but could not get back out. A passing Fox chided him for not thinking ahead.) Not linked yet
409 The Fox and the Lion in a Cage. A Fox reviled a Lion in a cage. The Lion made it clear that it was chance that brought him there and not the Fox.
410 The Youth and the Woman. (A Youth carrying an old Woman became aroused and had his way with her saying she was heavy. Carrying her again the Woman said if she became heavy again to feel free to put her down again.) Not linked yet
411 The Onager and the Ass. (A free Onager chided an Ass who was working. A Lion came long and ate the Onager and avoided the Ass because his man was with him.) Not linked yet
412 The Rivers and the Sea. Three Rivers started to accuse the Sea of turning their water salty and unfit. The Sea cut them off saying all they had to do was stop flowing. Hah!
413 The Fig and the Olive. An Olive Tree bragged that it was better because it was green all year. When snow came it broke the Olive Tree branches but not the other trees. Too bad.
414 The Bull, the Lioness, and the Wild Boar. A Bull killed the cub of a Lioness who complained bitterly about it. A Hunter chided her as she had killed many young of others. Turnabout is fair play.
415 The Dog and the Smiths. A dog slept while his Master, a Blacksmith, worked. When the Master went to eat the Dog woke for his food. In jest, one day the Master chided the Dog.
416 A Bear, a Fox, and a Lion. (A Bear, Fox and Lion hunted together. The Bear and Lion caught prey the hard way; the Fox found a tied up Camel instead of hunting.) Not linked yet
417 A Wolf and Poetry. (A Wolf studied Poetry and tried to tell a bird about it. The bird fled as soon as the Wolf’s mouth opened.) Not linked yet
418 The Ostrich. The Ostrich appears as both bird and beast. To the birds he showed his wings and beak; to the beasts he showed feet. After, both accepted him.
419 The Thief and the Innkeeper. A Thief hired a room with the idea of stealing something to pay for it. Nothing found. So, instead of stealing, the thief scared the Innkeeper.
420 The Two Adulterers. (An Adulterer signaled by barking like a small dog; a second Adulterer learned of the signal and used it first. When the first Adulterer came and barked the second, inside, barked louder and scared the first away.) Not linked yet
421 The Sailor and his Son. (A Sailor’s Son was educated and said rheotric could prove false things true. The Sailor asked how two eggs could feed three. The Son counted: one, two, then said 1+2=3. Sailor said he would eat one, his wife another, and the Son could have the created third.) Not linked yet
422 The Eagle once a Man. (As an Eagle gets old his beak is unable to grab food. This is because an Eagle used to be a man who wronged another.) Not linked yet
423 Aesop returning Home. (A dog barked at Aesop returning home. Aesop said the dog would do better to go home to a good meal.) Not linked yet
424 Aesop to the Corinthians. (It is said Aesop said to the Corinthians that they should use rigid instead of popular standards as rules.) Not linked yet
425 The Fisherman and the Octopus. (A Ficherman has to decide between starvation for his family or probable death by freezing for him if he caught an Octopus.) Not linked yet
426 Fox and Crane. A fox and stork trade suppers in dishes the other has a hard time using.
427 The Fox and the Hedgehog. A Fox with its tail caught was a feast for Mosquitoes. A Hedgehog offered to remove them. Fox said no; those on him were full; new would take more blood.
428 The Sybarite. (An inexperienced driver falls from his chariot and is told to stick to business he knows.) Not linked yet
429 The Man who tried to Count the Waves. (A Man was upset when he lost count of the ocean waves. Profit came to him and told him to forget the past and look to the future instead.) Not linked yet
430 The Creation of Man. (The clay Man was made from had no water but, instead, tears so tears are part of Man.) Not linked yet
431 Man’s Loquacity. (In the beginning animals and Man lived in harmony and spoke the same language. The animals eventually asked Zeus for more to be like gods. Zeus, instead, took away their speech.) Not linked yet
432 Apollo, the Muses and the Dryads. (Apollo affected and audience of Muses when playing the lyre. He changes his tune when Dryads show up.) Not linked yet
433 Aphrodite and the Merchant. (Aphrodite advised a Merchant to sail with a cargo of nothing but water. Ships were becalmed and the Merchant made money selling water to others.) Not linked yet
434 The Wren on the Eagle’s Back. (An Eagle and Wren raced. The Wren sat on the Eagle’s back and flew off at the end of the race to win.) Not linked yet
435 The Black Cat. (A shoemaker’s white Cat caught Mice but fell into a vat that colored it black. The Mice felt safe now that the Cat looked like a Monk. They learned otherwise.) Not linked yet
436 The Priest of Cybele and the Lion. (A Priest of Cybele entered a cave to shelter from rain. A Lion followed. The Priest made a loud noise with a tambourine and scared the Lion away.) Not linked yet
437 The Owl and the Birds. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. Birds were warned to destroy things that would later destroy them.
438 The Sybarite Woman. (A Sybarite Woman broke a jug which found a man to sue her for the act. She told the jug it would be better to have just found a bandage.) Not linked yet
439 The Laurel and the Olive. (Laurel and Olive trees argued about which was better. A thorn bush tried to help but was rebuked.) Not linked yet
440 The Runaway Slave. (A Runaway Slave was chased by the master. He fled into the mill where the master wanted him anyway.) Not linked yet
441 The Feast Day and the Day After. (The Day After said all could relax and enjoy the day after a Feast Day. The Feast Day then said the Day After would not exist without the Feast Day.) Not linked yet
442 The Origin of Blushes. (Good and bad Men were treated equal until God decided this would advance Evil. To tell them apart God made Good Men able to blush.) Not linked yet
443 Heron and Buzzard. (A Heron stole an Eel from a Buzzard.) Not linked yet
444 Eros among Men. (Eros concentrated is attention to the Gods, thus bringing befefits to Men.) Not linked yet
445 Pleasure and Pain. (Pleasure and Pain seem to be related so when one is sought out the other comes along as if they were two heads on one body.) Not linked yet
446 The Cuckoo and the Little Birds. (The Cuckoo was avoided by other birds because they think some day he would be a Hawk.) Not linked yet
447 The Crested Lark. A Lark found no place to bury her father and so used her head. This is why the Lark now has a crest.
448 The Musical Dogs. (Dogs learned how to play the Lyre and went off to practice. They turned into Men who continued to play. People listened and could still see the Dog in them.) Not linked yet
449 The Dog’s House. A cold Dog curled up and determined to build a house. But, in the summer the Dog stretched out and considered he did not need a house so it was never built.
450 The Lions and the Hares. The Hares argued all should be equal. The Lions replied: “Your words are good; but they lack both claws and teeth such as we have.”
451 The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. A Wolf found a Sheep’s pelt and wore it to blend in with the flock. Worked for awhile until the Shepherd noticed. No more Wolf!
452 The Wolf and the Ass on Trial. (A Wolf met an Ass on the road and set up a trial where each would confess secrets and the worst will be subject to the other. Of course, the Ass lost. [Also see 628.]) Not linked yet
453 The Wolf and the Shepherds. A Wolf saw Shepherds eating parts of a Sheep. The Wolf decried their actions saying they would have killed him doing the same thing.
454 The Mouse and the Oyster. (A Mouse saw and Oyster with shell open and poked his head in to see what was to eat. Snap! Mouse trapped.) Not linked yet
455 Momus and Aphrodite. (Momus found no fault with Aphrodite but still found fault with her sandal. This is why she is pure and Momus never speaks well of anything.) Not linked yet
456 The Fool and the Sieve. (A Fool tried to fix a Sieve but did not know which hole to start filling.) Not linked yet
457 The Boy on the Wild Horse. (A Boy got on a Wild Horse who bolted. When asked where he was going, the Boy said wherever the Horse wanted to go.) Not linked yet
458 The Ass and the Snake called Dipsas. (Charms to prolong life were given to an Ass to carry. Approaching a spring to drink the Ass was bitten by a resident Snake who then got younger but became as thirsty as the Ass had been.) Not linked yet
459 The Peeping of an Ass. (An Ass looked into a potter’s shop and scared pet birds which destroyed objects. The Potter sued and the Driver said he was charged with “The peeping of an Ass.”) Not linked yet
460 The Shadow of an Ass. A Traveler hired an Ass. The day was hot and the Traveler sat in the shadow of the Ass. The Owner argued he didn’t hire the shadow. Ass left as they argued.
461 The Eyes and the Mouth. (The Eyes saw the Mouth enjoying honey and asked for some. Didn’t want any more when some was placed with the Eyes.) Not linked yet
462 The Privilege of Grief. (Zeus gave Grief the prerogatives of tears and sorrows. If you shed tears and are sorrowful then Grief will come and love you.) Not linked yet
463 The Dancing Apes. Monkeys were trained to dance on stage and did a good job of it. One day nuts were thrown onto the stage and the Monkeys fought over the nuts, dancing not.
464 The Apes Founding a City. (Apes decided to build a city for themselves until a senior ape told them they would be more easily captured within the walls.) Not linked yet
465 The Shepherd and the Butcher. (A Shepherd and Butcher met a lone Lamb on the road. when each said what they do, the Lamb left with the Shepherd.) Not linked yet
466 Plenty and Poverty. (Plenty and Poverty got together to produce Eros which is why Eros acts the way he does.) Not linked yet
467 The Satyr and Fire. (A Satyr was fascinated by Fire but was told to be careful as it gives light and heat but also burns those who touch it.) Not linked yet
468 The Moon and her Mother. (The Moon asked her mother to weave a garment for her. Mother said she could not as the Moon changes shape all the time.) Not linked yet
469 The Bull deceived by the Lion. (A hungry Lion saw a Bull but was afraid of the horns. The Lion made friends with the Lion and convinced the Bull to remove his horns. Bad for the Bull.) Not linked yet
470 The Cicadas. (After the Muses were born music was invented and some Men would sing until they died. After death, the Muses asked the Men who honored them.) Not linked yet
471 The Lice and the Farmer. (A Farmer stopped work to shake Lice out of his shirt. In order to get his work done he eventually just burned the shirt.) Not linked yet
472 The Vainglorious Jackdaw and the Peacock. A fine bird is more than fine feathers. A Jackdaw tried to make itself look pretty using peacock feathers. It had to flee when found out. What a rout.
473 The Sparrow gives Advice to the Hare. Not linked yet
474 The Wolf and the Fox before Judge Ape. An Ape sat as judge between a Fox, accused of stealing, and Wolf, the accuser. After the trial, the Ape judged the Wolf lost nothing but the Fox stole it.
475 From Cobbler to Physician. Not linked yet
476 What the Ass said to the Old Shepherd. Not linked yet
477 Sheep, Stag, and Wolf. A Stag asked to borrow wheat from a Sheep and said he would leave a Wolf as a bond. The Sheep, understandably, did not think much of this offer.
478 Sheep, Dog, and Wolf. A Dog brought court action against a Sheep for wheat borrowed but not returned. Three false witnesses testified and the Sheep lost but did nothing wrong.
479 A Woman in Childbirth. Not linked yet
480 The Dog and her Puppies. Not linked yet
481 The Old Lion, the Boar, the Bull, and the Ass. An Old Lion was near death so animals that used to fear him came and abused him. Sadly, the Lion could do nothing to stop them.
482 The dogs and the Crocodiles. Not linked yet
483 The Dog, the Treasure, and the Vulture. Not linked yet
484 The Ass Insults the Boar. An Ass mocked a Lion who eventually decided to just let the Ass be himself and not give the Ass any further notice.
485 The Frogs Dread the Battle of the Bulls. A frog saw two bulls fighting but wasn’t worried. Another frog said he should be as the loser might come to live in the area. The loser did and frogs died.
486 The Kite and the Doves. Not linked yet
487 The Bullock, the Lion, and the Robber. A Lion was with its kill. A thief demanded half but the Lion made him go away. A traveler, respecting the Lion, left but was called back for a share.
488 The Eagle, the Cat, and the Wild Sow. Not linked yet
489 Caesar to a Flunkey. A Slave performed minor tasks for Caesar hoping for his freedom. Caesar turned him down saying he must pay more than a token for freedom.
490 The Eagle and the Crow. Not linked yet
491 The Two Mules and the Robbers. One mule carried treasure proudly; one carried grain. Robbers beset them and noticed the proud mule. They took the treasure and wounded the mule. Other OK.
492 The Stag and the Oxen. A stag, fleeing, hid in a stable by burying itself in the hay. Stag left a horn showing and the Master saw. No more stag.
493 What the Old Woman said to the Wine Jar. An Old Woman who liked wine found a wine jug by the road. She hoped it was full but it wasn’t. At least she got good memories through sniffing the jug.
494 The Panther and the Shepherds. A Panther fell into a well. Some fed him and some pelted him. Overnight he recovered strength and leaped out of the well. He killed those who abused him.
495 Aesop and the Farmer. Not linked yet
496 The Butcher and the Ape. Not linked yet
497 Aesop and the Saucy Fellow. Not linked yet
498 The Fly and the Mule. A Fly sat atop a Mule and said he should go faster or the Fly would bite him. The Mule did not care as he only answered to his driver.
499 Brother and Sister. Inner beauty is better than outer beauty. An ugly sister was jealous of her handsome brother. Father said not to be as beauty is more than skin deep.
500 Socrates to his Friends. Socrates built a house. All his friends found fault with some part or another. Socrates admitted it was small but wished he had true friends to fill it.
501 On Believing and Not Believing. Not linked yet
502 The Eunuch’s Reply to the Scurrilous Fellow. Not linked yet
503 The Cockerel and the Pearl. A Cock (Rooster) looks for food but finds a jewel and throws it aside as unwanted.
504 The Bees and the Drones get Judgment from the Wasp. Drones took over a hive. The Bees objected and asked the Wasp to judge the issue. The Wasp asked each side to build a comb. Bees did, Drones not. Bees won.
505 Concerning Relaxation and Tension. Aesop was chided for relaxing and playing with children. His response in today’s language was simple: lighten up.
506 The Dog to the Lamb. Not linked yet
507 The Cicada and the Owl. A Grasshopper bothered an Owl trying to sleep. The more the Owl complained the louder the Grasshopper became. Owl solved the problem; Grasshopper eaten.
508 Trees under the Patronage of the Gods. Each of the gods picked a tree for protection. Minerva, wisest, picked the olive tree on account of its fruit which can be put to good use.
509 The Peacock Complains to Juno about his Voice. A Peacock wanted to have a nice voice as well as looking pretty. Juno said: “No.”
510 Aesop’s Reply to an Inquisitive Fellow. Not linked yet
511 The Weasel and the Mice. An infirm Weasel tried to trick mice by rolling in flour as a disguise. An older mouse saw through the trick.
512 The Enigmatic Will. Not linked yet
513 The Thief and his Lamp. Not linked yet
514 The Rule of King Lion. Not linked yet
515 Prometheus. Not linked yet
516 The Bearded She-Goats. Not linked yet
517 The Dogs Send an Embassy to Jupiter. Not linked yet
518 The Fox and the Dragon. Not linked yet
519 About Simonides. Not linked yet
520 The Mountain in Labour. A Mountain emitting terrible noises was said to be in labor. But, as people watched to see what would happen, all they saw come out of it was a mouse.
521 The Ant and the Fly. An ant and fly disputed their respective merits. The fly boasted about being on royalty; the ant talked about toiling for a living. The ant won.
522 How Simonides was Saved by the Gods. Not linked yet
523 King Demetrius and the Poet Menander. Not linked yet
524 Two Soldiers and a Robber. Two Soldiers were beset by a robber. One ran and the other fought and overcame the robber. The coward came back to claim victory. The other silenced him.
525 The Bald Man and the Fly. A bald man was bit by a fly and hit his head trying to kill the fly. The fly mocked him for his injury but the man said he will endure more to kill the fly.
526 The Ass and the Pig’s Barley. Not linked yet
527 The Buffoon and the Country Fellow. A Buffoon entertained with animal sounds. A Man said he could imitate a pig better. On stage the audience reviled his performance until he showed the pig.
528 Two Bald Men. Not linked yet
529 Prince, the Fluteplayer. Not linked yet
530 Time (Opportunity). Not linked yet
531 The Bull and the Calf. A Bull was trying to fit through a narrow passage to his stall when a Calf offers to lead the way. The Bull, being stubborn, said he knew the way.
532 The Old Dog and the Hunter. An Old Hound caught but could not hold a Boar (Stag). His Master berated him ignoring the fact that he was old and unable to hunt any longer.
533 The Ape and the Fox. An Ape asked a Fox for part of his tale to help cover him. The Fox pointed out that his tail was not built to cover an Ape.
534 Mercury and the Two Women. Not linked yet
535 Prometheus and Guile. Not linked yet
536 On Apollo’s Oracle. Not linked yet
537 Aesop and the Writer. Not linked yet
538 Pompey and his Soldier. Not linked yet
539 Juno, Venus, and the Hen. Venus showed Juno she was no more chaste than other women by asking a hen if she would stop scratching for a barn full of grain. She could not.
540 The Bullock and the Old Ox. Not linked yet
541 Aesop and the Victorious Athlete. Not linked yet
542 The Ass and the Lyre. Not linked yet
543 The Widow and the Soldier. Not linked yet
544 The Two Suitors. Not linked yet
545 Aesop and his Mistress. Not linked yet
546 The Cock Carried in a Litter by Cats. Not linked yet
547 The Sow Giving Birth and the Wolf. A Wolf came to a Sow and offered to baby sit. “Thank you but no thank you,” said the Sow.
548 Aesop and the Runaway Slave. Not linked yet
549 The Race Horse. A aged, pampered Battle Horse was sent to work for a Miller. Work was tedious and asked the Miller why his fate had changed but was told to accept his lot.
550 When the Bear gets Hungry. Not linked yet
551 The Traveller and the Raven. Not linked yet
552 The Snake and the Lizard. Not linked yet
553 The Crow and the Sheep. The Crow bothered a Sheep who said a Dog would not have stood for the abuse. The Crow pointed out that he picked his targets just for that reason.
554 Socrates and a Worthless Servant. Not linked yet
555 The Harlot and the Young Man. Not linked yet
556 The Butterfly and the Wasp. Not linked yet
557 The Ground-Swallow and the Fox. Not linked yet
558 Two Cocks and a Hawk. (A Cock who fought regularly with another asked a Hawk to judge the best of them thinking the foe would be eatch. When the two approached the Hawk he grasped the first saying you need to experience what you wished on another.) Not linked yet
559 The Snail and the Mirror. (A Snail fell in love with a Mirror and covered it with slime. An Ape saw the mirror and said it deserved to be defiled as he let the Snail do it.) Not linked yet
560 The Bald Man and the Gardener. (A Bald Man asked a local Gardener for a melon. The Gardener jeered the Bald Man who then grabbed the Gardener by his hair and cut his head off.) Not linked yet
561 The Owl, the Cat, and the Mouse. (An Owl asked a Cat to carry him to a Mouse. The Cat complied but the Mouse realized the reason and swore at both as they left.) Not linked yet
562 The Partridge and the Fox. (A Fox praised a Partridge on a hill saying it was beautiful and would be more so asleep. The Partridge fell asleep and the Fox grabbed it. Asking the Fox if he would say the Partridge’s name before eating, the Fox did and lost the Partridge. Both felt stupid for what they did.) Not linked yet
562a The Rooster and the Fox. (A Rooster strutting by a manure pile was praised by a Fox for his pleasant song. The Rooster crowed and the Fox grabbed him. Shepherds called and the Rooster told the Fox to say they were friends. Fox did and lost the Rooster.) Not linked yet
563 The Lion and the Shepherd. A Shepherd encountered an ailing Lion and took a thorn out of its paw. At a later encounter the Lion remembered the Shepherd and did not kill him.
564 The Gnat and the Bull. (A Gnat challenged a Bull to a contest of strength. By showing up the Gnat claimed to be the Bull’s equal. The Bull was mad but could do nothing.) Not linked yet
565 The Disdainful Horse. A Horse met an Ass on the road and demanded he move aside. The Ass complied but was delighted later to find the horse lame and abused along the same road.
566 The Bat. He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends. A Bat could not choose sides in a potential war. When peace came, neither side would accept him.
567 The Nightingale and the Hawk. (A Hawk desires the nightingale’s young and makes excuses for doing so until caught by a hunter who kills it.) Not linked yet
568 The Envious Fox and the Wolf. A Fox knew a Wolf was holed up and told a Shepherd where the den was. Shepherd killed Wolf and Fox moved into den. Shepherd came back. Bye, bye Fox.
569 The King of the Apes. An Ape king arrayed other apes around him. One traveler said he was a good king with good companions. The other said he was a good Ape. The truth enraged.
570 The Goose and the Stork. (A Stork asked a Goose why he dived for food. The Goose said to eat and avoid the Hawk. The Stork said he would protect the Goose but failed to do so when the Hawk attacked.) Not linked yet
571 The Obliging Horse. The Ass asked the eating Horse for some food. The Horse said to come by the stable later for a full bag of food. The Ass refused as he did not believe him.
572 The Kid and the Wolf. A Goat went to pasture and told her Kid to not open the door without seeing a beard. Wolf asked to come in but Kid could not see a beard and was safe.
573 The Domestic Snake. A poor Man befriended a Snake who ate crumbs from the table. One day he cut the snake then begged forgiveness. Snake was willing but to be careful he he might some day forget.
574 The Eagle and the Kite. A Kite brags to an Eagle in order to woo the Eagle. The Eagle weds the Kite and then asks the Kite to demonstrate the truth of the tale. It was a lie.
575 The Wethers and the Butcher. (A Butcher came after Sheep and was allowed by the flock to take them one at a time. The last finally realized and felt bad about what they had allowed.) Not linked yet
576 The Fowler and the Birds. A Fowler was injured and cried while killing birds. A young bird thought it was pity; an older set him straight.
577 The Crow and the other Birds at Dinner. (A Crow invited other birds for a celebration supper. After they arrived he locked the door and celebrated by eating each in turn.) Not linked yet
578 The Horse, the Lion, and the Goats. (A Lion chased a Horse who was then jeered by some Goats. The Horse said they would not be doing that if they knew who was chasing him.) Not linked yet
579 The Sword and the Passer-by. (A Man found a Sword on the path and asked it who owned him. The Sword replied that one man owned him but he had taken many more men’s lives.) Not linked yet
580 The Covetous Man and the Envious Man. Greed and Jealousy in neighbors caused one to be granted twice what the other asked for. One asked for treasure but the other asked that one eye be blinded.
581 The Boy and the Thief. A Thief met a boy by a well who said he lost silver down the well. The Thief undressed and jumped into the well to steal it. Done; boy and clothes gone.
582 The Farmer and his Ox. (A farmer tries to tame an ox by cutting his horns and making him work. The ox kicked up dirt and was never tamed so the farmer gave up.) Not linked yet
583 The Pig without a Heart. (A pig pillaged a farmer’s corn. The farmer cut off an ear but the pig returned and was caught and killed for food. At the meal the farmer asked for the pig’s heart which the cook had stolen. The farmer was told the pig had no heart.) Not linked yet
584 The River-fish and the Sea-fish. A river Fish was washed to the sea. He thought himself to good compared with the sea Fish. But, in the long run sea Fish bring more at market.
585 The Sick Lion, the Fox, and the Bear. (A Fox was jeered by a Bear when he did not visit a sick Lion. The Fox eventually saw the Lion and said he found a doctor who could cure him. Asked what the cure was the Fox said the Lion had to be wrapped in the skin of a Bear. Oooops.) Not linked yet but also see 258 which is similar but with a Wolf.
586 The Calf and the Stork. (A lost calf was bleating loudly and a stork asked why. The calf said he was hungry with no milk for three days. The stork said he had not been suckled for three years. The calf pointed out that’s why the stork had such thin legs.) Not linked yet
587 The Flea and the Gout. (Once fleas bit rich men and gout attacked poor men but they were both caught in the act. So, they decided to change places and now gout is with the rich and fleas with the poor.) Not linked yet
588 The Hawk and the Doves. (A hawk carried off and ate a dove. Other doves complained to the Grand Duke, a very large owl. But, each time them complained the Duke did nothing but utter “Cloe.” Eventually, the doves gave up and that’s why doves and other birds always attack the Duke when seen.) Not linked yet
589 The Bird of Saint Martin. (A small bird of Spain boasted it could hold up the heavens if they fell. A leaf fell during the festival of St. Martin and the bird cried to St. Martin to come and help.) Not linked yet
590 The Stork and his Beak. (A stork put out his wife’s eyes during a quarrel. He hoped to leave his disgrace behind but was reminded he still carried his beak.) Not linked yet
590a The Magpie and her Tail. (A magpie habitually licked her tail and leaves home. Though she left the area the habit remained with her.) Not linked yet
591 The Toad and his Beautiful Son. (When toads wore shoes the animals held an assembly. A toad’s son forgot his shoes and a rabbit was asked to deliver them. The toad described his son in such glowing terms that the other animals, when they heard, mocked all toads.) Not linked yet
592 The Cat as Monk. (A cat acted like a monk and when a large mouse was enticed to approach the cat ate the mouse. Cats can be whatever they want.) Not linked yet
593 The Fox and the Wolf in the Well. (A fox fell into a bucket and down a well. When a wolf asked, the fox said he was eating the fish in the well. The wolf got into a second bucket that, when it went down, pulled the fox’s bucket up. Later the wolf got caught and was killed.) Not linked yet
594 Cat, Rat, and Cheese. (A rat was found eating cheese. A cat was added by the master but the cat ate both the rat and the cheese.) Not linked yet
595 Isengrim as Monk. (Isengrim [greedy and dull-witted wolf] wanted to be a monk. He was told to learn but only longed for the sheep. You can’t change the behavior of Isengrim.) Not linked yet
596 The Complaint of the Sheep against the Wolf. (Sheep complained to King Lion about a wolf eating them. The lion asked the pigs who had no problems with the wolf as he shared his meals with them. The lion decided against both the wolf and pigs.) Not linked yet
597 The Fox Confesses his Sins to the Cock. (A fox was found in a coop and was beat. He escaped and wanted to confess to the chaplain, a cock. While doing so he stretched his mouth out and eventually caught and ate the cock.) Not linked yet
598 Wasp and Spider. (The wasp called the spider no good for staying in a hole all the time. The spider invited the wasp to talk in his parlor [web]. The wasp was caught and eaten.) Not linked yet
599 The Eagle and the Crow Physician. (An eagle had sore eyes and asked the physician crow for help. The crow blinded the eagle with a bandage then ate the eagle’s chicks; something he had wanted to do all along.) Not linked yet
600 The Donkey and the Pig. (A donkey pretended to be sick as he saw a pig do the same and get well fed. It worked until the donkey saw the pig killed for food. The donkey went back to work.) Not linked yet
601 The Hen, her Chicks, and the Kites. (The hen protects chicks under her wing. One strayed and the kite carries it off.) Not linked yet
602 Dinner at the Lion’s House. (Animals were invited to a feast by a lion. The lion asked the cat what the food should be. A casserole of rat meat was made as a resultt. The cat enjoyed but most complained. Live is often like this where evil drives behavior.) Not linked yet
603 The Goose and the Crow. (A fat goose asked a crow to help him fly. The crow was unmable to do this.) Not linked yet
604 The Kite imitates the Hawk. (A crow thinks he is as good as a hawk and tries to carry many partridges. He fails.) Not linked yet
605 The Fox with Many Tricks and the Cat with only One. Better one safe way than a hundred on which you cannot reckon. A cat goes up a tree and gets away while a fox is caught trying to figure out what to do.
606 The Crow and the Dove. (A crow carried off a young dove. The mother of the dove pled with the crow who asked her to sing. She did but badly and the crow and his wife ate the young dove.) Not linked yet [Similar to 567]
607 The Wolf’s Funeral. (When the wolf died a lion assembled the beasts for a funeral. Each had a part and wished their funeral would be so fine. This is like the funeral of a gangster; the congregation is mostly scoundrels.) Not linked yet
608 The Dirty Dog. (A dog wanted to eliminate over reeds but one poked him in the rear. He moved a distance and barked but the reed was happier with the dog barking at a distance.) Not linked yet
609 Man and Unicorn. (A man climbed an apple tree to avoid a unicorn. He did not notice worms from a pit below were gnawing on the tree. It fell and he dropped into the pit.) Not linked yet
610 The Fox and the Ferryman. (A fox said he would pay a ferryman on the other side of a stretch of water. Instead he abused the man. He who serves a scoundrel wastes his effort.) Not linked yet
611 Fox and Hens. (A cold fox was let into a coop to warm up. When warm he proceeded to eat the hens.) Not linked yet
612 Falcon and Kite. (A falcon caught a kite and held it. When asked why the kite allowed this he said he lacked courage.) Not linked yet
613 The Mice take Counsel about the Cat. The mice met in council to figure out how to defeat the Cat. One suggested a bell for the Cat to warn them. Problem: Nobody would volunteer to bell the Cat.
614 The Owl and the Birds. (The birds found a rose and wanted to give it to the most beautiful but could not decide. An owl stole the rose overnight and was thus doomed to fly only at night.) Not linked yet
615 The Mouse in the Wine Jar and the Cat. (A mouse caught in wine convinced a cat to rescue him and promised anything to do so. Later, the cat came to the mouse hungry but the mouse refused to surrender saying he was drunk when the bargain was made.) Not linked yet
616 The Hare contends with the Wolf. (A hare and wolf agreed to a fight. The hare ran and the wolf followed until exhausted. The hare was declared the victor.) Not linked yet
617 The Serpent in a Man’s Bosom. (A man warmed a cold serpent in his bosom and was bit for his kindness. Asking why, the serpent said it was in his nature.) Not linked yet
618 The Ungrateful Man. (A man honored a servant to the king but was later accused by the servant. Asked why, the servant said it was his nature to return evil to those who confer favor.) Not linked yet
619 The Mouse in quest of a Mate. (A mouse wishing to marry the strongest chose the wind. A tower stood against the wind so she changed her mind. The tower, however said mice eat away his base so, finally, the mouse decided to marry a mouse.) Not linked yet
620 The Stork and the Serpent. (A stork challenged a serpent to a fight. The serpent said he had defeated even Adam and other men. The stork insisted and when the serpent came out struck him on the head and he died. Evil must be fought directly.) Not linked yet
621 The Peacock stripped of his Feathers. (A peacock in assembly was asked by others for one of his beautiful feathers. He did until he had no more. Foolish peacock died in the cold weather.) Not linked yet
622 The Toad and the Frog. (A land toad asked a river frog for water to drink. He did but when the frog asked for something to eat he refused out of irrational fear of a shortage.) Not linked yet
623 An Athenian Philosopher. (To rank as a philosopher in Athens you had to patiently undergo a flogging. One person tried and after the beating cried out he should be a philosopher. He might have been had he stayed silent.) Not linked yet
624 The Aged Father and his Cruel Son. (A son, tired of caring for his aged father, gave him an old sheepskin and cast him out where he died. The son’s little boy picked up a sheepskin to put away. When asked why he said he was saving it for his father when he aged.) Not linked yet
625 The Wolf as Fisherman and the Fox. (A wolf met a fox who told him about pond where the fox caught many fish by just dipping his tail in the water. The wolf found the pond and tried but only got his tail frozen in ice at the pond. The foolish wolf was beaten by fisherman and only got away by loss of his tail.) Not linked yet
626 The Cuckoo and the Eagle. (An eagle questioned all birds to see who was noblest to have a nest of woven roses. The cuckoo answered all questions praising himself. The eagle declared because of that the cuckoo deserved no nest.) Not linked yet
627 Philomela the Nightingale and the Bowman. (A bowman caught a small bird named Philomena. He promised to let her go if she would give him three precepts to live by. She said never try to catch something that cannot be caught, never believe a statement that is incredible, and never grieve over the loss of something that cannot be recovered.) Not linked yet
628 The Wolf hearing the Confessions of the Fox and the Ass. (A wolf heard the confessions of the animals. All confessed great sins in line with their nature. The ass confessed stealing a wisp of hay and was condemned for doing something outside his nature. [Also see 452]) Not linked yet
629 The Rustic Invited to Dinner. (A peasant was invited to a banquet. Before going he filled up on dirty water and at the banquet could not eat and eventually vomited over the table. Sinners cannot taste of the Lord’s banquet.) Not linked yet
630 The Rustic Reared in a Cow Barn. (A countryman spent life in a stable. When passing through a village with aromatic spices he fainted. He could not be revived until someone put cow dung on his nostrils.) Not linked yet
631 The King of Greece and his Brother. (The king’s brother never understood why the king never smiled. The brother was invited to supper and ate without smiling under swords held by slaves. The king said his troubles were similar so he never smiles.) Not linked yet
632 Julian the Apostate and a Demon. (Before Julian the apostate marched into Persia he sent a demon back to report the coming move. The demon could not pass a religious man praying day and night and returned to Julian. Julian said he would kill the monk but was killed himself by a soldier sent from heaven.) Not linked yet
633 The Man Condemned to be Hanged. (A man to be hanged was given his choice of trees. He could not find a suitable one and was therefore freed.) Not linked yet
634 The Philosopher who spit in the King’s Beard. (A philosopher sitting with the king spat in the king’s beard. When asked why he replied that in the room he could find no dirtier place to spit.) Not linked yet
635 The Judgments of God revealed by an Angel. (A hermit asked God to reveal the nature of his judgments. Using an angel and a series of events with a bowl the hermit was shown how God’s judgments were just but might often seem unjust to men.) Not linked yet
636 The wolf and the Sheep Kissing Each Other. (King lion declared that all animals should kiss one another. When approached by a wolf a sheep said the wolf could not be trusted. This was proved true when the wolf tried to eat the sheep who barely escaped.) Not linked yet
637 The Tame Asp. (A man made a snake part of his household. In time the snake gave birth to two; one tame and the other still wild. The wild one poisoned the man’s son. The snake mother killed her young and never came into the house again.) Not linked yet
638 The Ass with the Privilege, the Fox and the Wolf. (The lion ordered all animals to appear and asked if any were absent. An ass was in a meadow and the lion ordered the wolf and fox to get him. The ass said he had permission but when the fox went to read it the ass kicked him to blind him. The wolf was more careful.) Not linked yet
639 The Eagle and the Rat. (An eagle and rat argued over who could see better. The rat proposed riding on the eagle’s back and did. The eagle saw some prey and dived for it; the rat saw a fowler with nets and jumped just in time to avoid being caught.) Not linked yet
640 The Soldier and the Serpent. (A soldier rescued a snake who crawled up his lance and started to choke him. The soldier complained and the snake agreed to let the next three animals judge the matter. An old horse and old ox said the snake was right. A fox asked the soldier and snake to assume their original positions then told the soldier to ride on and the snake to crawl away.) Not linked yet
640a The Dragon and the Peasant. (A dragon was stranded on a sand bar in a river. He asked a countryman to help get him back home up the river for a reward. The dragon was bound and transported home where he refused to pay the reward and said he would eat the man. A passing fox told the man and dragon to assume their original positions at which the fox said that man should leave and the dragon should stay bound on the sand bar.) Not linked yet
641 The Wolf and the Priest. (A wolf asked for a quick penance as he could see sheep coming down the hill.) Not linked yet
642 The Soldier and the Religious Man. (An ill soldier asked a priest to pray for him. The priest asked when the soldier thought about God. When ill replied the soldier. God kept him ill so he would pay more attention to God.) Not linked yet
643 The Ape and the Merchant. (A merchant used an ape to guard his store. Another said he could steal despite the ape. To do so he trained the ape to close his eyes and when he did the theft took place. Fooled once the ape indicated he would not be fooled again.) Not linked yet
644 The Buzzard and the Hawk. (A buzzard put her egg in a hawk’s nest. The hawk’s chicks excreted out of the nest; the buzzard chick befouled. That gave him away and he was cast out of the nest.) Not linked yet
645 The Lion and the Unicorn. (A lion pretending to be ill asked to borrow a unicorn’s horn to use as a cane. The deal done, the lion used the horn to wound the unicorn who the lion called a fool.) Not linked yet
646 The Capon and the Hawk. (A hawk saw a capon running away when its master approached. When asked by the hawk the capon said he was running away because bad things happened when the master approached but the hawk had no worry as he was just as bad.) Not linked yet
647 The Merchant and his Wife. (While on a trip a merchant’s wife was unfaithful and gave birth to a son. She told the merchant the son was from a snowflake. The merchant took the son on the next trip and sold him into slavery telling his wife the son melted in the sun.) Not linked yet
648 The Vulture and the Eagle. (A vulture put himself into an eagle’s nest. A storm came up and the eagle said it was the worst; the vulture said he’d seen worse thus giving himself away. Cost him his life.) Not linked yet
649 The Stag, the Hedgehog, and the Boar. (A stag and hedgehog were to guard a field of grain. The stag started and let his friends ravage the field. The hedgehog took over and did a good job. To divide the harvest they had a race; the hedgehog started and his wife was at the finish line. They looked the same so the hedgehog got the entire harvest.) Not linked yet
650 The Presumptuous Beetle. (A dung beetle looked up and envied an eagle flying high. He tried to emulate the eagle but got tired and landed far from home. All he wanted to do was get back to the dung.) Not linked yet
651 The Rustic and his Wife. (A countryman saw his wife walking into the woods with another man. He accused her but she came up with a complicated story which convinced him he did not see what he saw.) Not linked yet
652 The Cuckoo and the Birds. (The birds wanted a king and sent a titmouse to examine the cuckoo who sang well. Titmouse discovered cuckoo was not worthy so the birds elected the eagle.) Not linked yet
653 How a Farmer Sold his Horse. (A neighbor wanted to buy a farmer’s horse and they decided to ask the first person coming by for a price. A one-eyed man said the price should be 10. The farmer objected saying he only saw half the horse with one eye.) Not linked yet
654 Eagle, Hawk, and Crane. (A hawk chased by an eagle flew into a narrow cave and the eagle asked a crane to get him out. The hawk grabbed the crane who spewed dung at the surprise. The embarrassed crane flew off but later returned when he realized he carried his posterior with him.) Not linked yet
655 The Wolf doing Penance. (A wolf was fasting for Lent but thought it better to eat a lamb instead of salmon so that’s what he did.) Not linked yet
656 Swallow and Sparrows. (A swallow in a barn gold sparrows where to get food and warned them about farmer’s snares. Farmer laid secret snares and lied to swallow. Sparrows caught. Don’t believe everything you hear.) Not linked yet
657 Cattle hauling out their own Dung. (Cattle complained about carrying dung from barn. Farmer says you made it so you carry it.) Not linked yet
658 The Hare who wanted Horns. (A hare envied a stag’s horns and asked Jupiter for some. They were too heavy so the hare was caught and killed by shepherds.) Not linked yet
659 Wolf and Beetle. (A beetle crawled into a sleeping wolf’s rear causing pain. He emerged and was told the next day a battle between insects and quadrupeds would occur. The wolf and friends came with plugged hind ends but a wasp stung a stag who blew out his plug.) Not linked yet
660 Thief and Beetle. (A thief had a beetle invade his rear. Doctors said he was pregnant. Neighbors came to see birth but only a beetle emerged. Also see 659 and 684.) Not linked yet
661 Wife and Paramour. (A husband returned early to find his wife with another man. She tricks him with a reflection and gets away with it.) Not linked yet
662 Thief and Satan. (Satan praised a thief for doing his work and said he would help. The thief was caught and called out to Satan who refused to help.) Not linked yet
663 The Dragon’s Deposit. (A dragon entrusted his treasure and an egg to a man then left. On return the dragon found the egg broken and so knew how trustworthy the man was.) Not linked yet
664 How the hermit tested his Servant. (A man tested his servant by putting a mouse under an inverted vase then telling the servant to touch anything except the vase. Mouse gone on man’s return so servant not trustworthy.) Not linked yet
665 The Farmer who prayed to God for Another Horse. (While praying for a second horse, a thief took a farmer’s only horse. Farmer changed the prayer asking for first horse return and promising to stop bothering God.) Not linked yet
666 Praying for Himself Only. (A man came late to church and prayed for favor. Another overheard and prayed to confound the first and nobody else.) Not linked yet
667 The Townsman and his Tame Dog. (A townsman trained a dog to speak. Neighbor killed the dog and brought an obvious sheepskin to court with him. Judge recognized the bribe and ruled the death was no great loss.) Not linked yet
668 The Three Wishes. (A peasant captured a mountain dwarf who gave him three wishes to be free. The peasant gave his wife two of the wishes. She wished the mans face would have a beak to help with food. Done, she regretted it an wished the beak gone. Now man had no mouth or nose and for his wish asked to have his face restored. Three wishes used with no gain of any kind.) Not linked yet
669 The Fox and the Shadow of the Moon. (A fox thought the moon’s reflection in water was cheese. Lapped at the water until he suffocated himself. Greedy fox.) Not linked yet
670 What a Wolf said on seeing a Crow perched on the back of a Sheep. (A crow sat on a sheep and wolf complained he could not do that as everybody would cry out. Also see 190 and 553.) Not linked yet
671 The Fox and the Dove. (During winter a fox saw a dove on top of the church. Asked him to come down out of the wind. Dove said better he stay as he saw hunters and dogs in the distance. Fox left.) Not linked yet
672 Eagle, Hawk, and Doves. (On an oak tree sat an eagle on top, a hawk below and doves on the ground. The hawk told the doves justice would be different if the eagle were not above.)vNot linked yet
673 The Horse and the Grain. (A hungry horse saw field of right grain but he did not see the thorns that stood in the way until he felt the sharp wounds inflicted by them on his flesh.) Not linked yet
674 Horse and Goat in a Package Deal. (A man was selling a beautiful horse and smelly old goat together. Buyers only wanted the horse so there was no sale.) Not linked yet
675 Wolf and Hedgehog. (A wolf and hedgehog teamed to steal a sheep. Wolf left the hedgehog but eventually returned only to have the hedgehog bite and hold his lip as reward for breaking the friendship.) Not linked yet
676 The Well-meaning Wolves. (Wolves tried to get men to see them differently by helping with the grain. Didn’t work so the wolves went back to the woods to behave naturally.) Not linked yet
677 The Painter and his Wife. (A painter asked his wife to ebfroider his painting. He thought the result crude but she said she stitched exactly as painted so the fault was his.) Not linked yet
678 The Deer instructing her Fawn. (A deer told its fawn to be afraid of a hunter but the fawn saw no reason until an arrow came their way.) Not linked yet
679 The Crow and his Young Ones. (A crow teaching chicks pointed to a man saying be afraid if he bends toward the ground. A chick replied that he’ll be afraid even if the man came near.) Not linked yet
680 The Goat and the Wolf. (A wolf said he would eat a goat. The goat insisted on singing three Masses first and went to a high place where he called other to help. His prayers were answered.) Not linked yet
681 The Contentious Wife. (A man and his wife passed a mowed field. She said it was cut with a clippers; he said a sickle. The argument turned to violence and even when her tongue was cut out she signaled clippers with her hand.) Not linked yet
682 The Contrary Wife. (A wife falles into a river and drowns. Bystanders look for the body downstream. Husband says they won’t find it as she went against the current in life.) Not linked yet
683 The Whispering Brigands. (A soldier riding through a field asked brigands why they were whispering to each other. They said they just liked to do that ans were not planning anything.) Not linked yet
684 The Physician, the Rich Man, and his Daughter. (A rich man let some blood and gave it to his daughter to keep safe. She didn’t and substituted her own. A physician found the rich man to be pregnant. A dead giveaway what happened.) Not linked yet
685 The Badger among the Pigs. (Lots of acorns were eaten by pigs and a badger Butchers started to kill the fat pigs. The badger showed his claws and pretended to be a dog.) Not linked yet
686 The Wolf caught in a Trap and the Hedgehog. (A wolf caught in a trap asked friend hedgehog to help. Hedgehog could not help until the saints forgave the wolf’s excesses. Can’t oppose divine will.) Not linked yet
687 The Wolf and the Ferryman. (A wolf asked a ferryman to help cross the river. Fare was three true statements. Two were given during the crossing. The third on the far shore: Anything done for the benefit of a scoundrel is a total loss.) Not linked yet
688 The Wolf learning his Letters. (A wolf learning letters repeated letters fine but when asked to make words they all spelled lamb. What is in the heart was on the tongue.) Not linked yet
689 The Wolf and the Dove gathering Twigs. (A wolf saw a dove gathering twigs and asked why as he saw no good house or fire. Dove replied he saw the wolf carrying sheep but never saw a larger household.) Not linked yet
690 A Man in a Boat. (Crossing the sea a man prayed to God to help get to the port. A storm came up and he prayed to get safely back to port. Going neither direction he told God to do according to His will. Boat arrived safely at destination.) Not linked yet
691 The Old Man and his Son. (A young man ased his father where to live when the father died. Father gave him several options. If all else fails don’t live where anyone knows the son.) Not linked yet
692 Bishop Cat. (A cat pretended to be a bishop. The mice would not agree to bow to him. The cat put aside his episcopacy.) Not linked yet
693 The Unlucky Wolf, the Fox, and the Mule. (A fox met a mule and asked his name. The mule said it was on his hoof. The fox knew the trick and got a wolf to ask the mule the same thing. As the wolf got near the hoof the mule kicked. Fox was happy his enemy was killed.) Not linked yet
694 The Little Boar. (A boar tried to impress some pigs but could not. He did manage to scare some sheep. When the sheep left a wolf came for the boar. The pigs as a group killed the wolf and the boar was ashamed he had not stayed with the pigs.) Not linked yet
695 The He-Goat and the Wolf. (A goat on a cliff and wolf below reached an impass after days. They agreed to separate to eat and drink. The goat drank at a river. The wolf, behind, ate the goat.) Not linked yet
696 The Wolf and the Ass. (A wolf intended to eat an ass who said OK but not on the road. They went into the woods and the ass talked the wolf into being tied to the ass. The ass dragged the wolf to the master’s door where he was almost killed before escaping.) Not linked yet
697 The Serpent as Adviser. (A farmer stepped on a snake who warned the farmer not to trust him. The snake then made a number of correct predictions the farmer ignored and one he benefited from. As payment the snake asked for the farmer’s son to deliver some milk. When the son did the snake bit and killed him saying he warned the farmer not to trust him.) Not linked yet
698 The Wolf as Fisherman. (A fox caught fish a wolf asked to share. Fox said he would teach the wolf to fish by tying a basket to his tail to drag in the river. Secretly the fox filled the basket with rocks which stopped the wolf so villagers could kill him. Wolf pulled free but lost his tail. Also see 625.) Not linked yet
699 The Wolf’s Misfortunes. (A wolf thought it would be a good day but many adventures during the day proved otherwise. In the end he was badly wounded and hurried back to the woods with much less pride and arrogance.) Not linked yet
700 Hunter and Ploughman. (A hunter’s dogs chased a hare by a ploughman who killed it with a stick and hid it in the earth. The ploughman said he knew nothing when the hunter asked. Hunter went away and ploughman had a good meal.) Not linked yet
701 The Dog and the Wolf. (A Dog and Wolf scheme to get the Dog more food. It works for a bit but ultimately the Dog tricks the Wolf into entering the cellar and feast where he’s caught and killed.) Not linked yet
702 The Dog in the Manger. People often begrudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves. A dog sleeping on hay would not let other animals eat from the hay.
703 Three Sons dividing an Inheritance among Themselves. (Three Sons attempt to equally divide a Pear tree, a Goat, and a Mill. A Judge tried to help but ultimately fails.) Not linked yet
704 The Little Fox under the Wolf’s Tutelage. (A Wolf tries to teach a Fox to hunt. Kills a mare. Fox thinking he knows everything attempts to kill a Stallion. Didn’t work.) Not linked yet
705 Dog, Wolf, and Ram. (A Shepherd’s Dog died. The Ram suggested he be dressed in the Dog’s skin to scare the Wolf. Ultimately the Wolf caught on and the Ram eaten.) Not linked yet
706 Lion’s Son learns about Man. (A father Lion moved his Son away from men. Grown the Son asked why and journeyed to find Man. Sadly for the Son he found Man and died.) Not linked yet
707 The Knight and his Mendacious Squire. (A Squire lied about the size of a Fox. His Knight devised a scheme involving crossing a river to make him tell the truth.) Not linked yet
708 The Ape and the Bear. (A young Ape got too near to a chained Bear and was eaten. Mother used straw to burn the Bear.) Not linked yet
709 The Dog and his Slain Master. (A Dog tended to his slain Master until he saw the enemy. Running after the enemy alerted others who captured and hung the enemy.) Not linked yet
710 Dog who rescued a Boy. (A Boy fell into a river and was rescued by a nearby Dog.) Not linked yet
711 The Ram and his Baldheaded Master. (A Ram was trained to butt a discus. The bald Master got drunk and was killed by the Ram thinking his head was a discus.) Not linked yet
712 The Wolf and the Hungry Fox. (A Wolf told a hungry Fox to sit under a nightingale with its mouth open. Fox got something other than the nightingale.) Not linked yet
713 The Adulterous Stork. (A Stork had improper relations and was killed by other Storks who found out.) Not linked yet
714 The Ram and the Wolf. (A Ram noticed a Wolf entered the sheepfold because someone left the door open.) Not linked yet
715 The Fox and the Sick Ape. Not linked yet
716 The Mouse and her Daughter, the Rooster and the Cat. (A young Mouse was scared by a Rooster crowing but not a Cat creeping. Mother corrected the youngster.) Not linked yet
717 The Rooster and the Horse. (A Man’s wife asked for his secret. A Rooster and Horse discussed this. The man heard and chastised his wife based on the discussion.) Not linked yet
718 A Generous Fox and a Wolf. (A Fox gave a Wolf something covered in blood. Wolf ate it but Fox observed it would not be good coming out in the end.) Not linked yet
719 The Dog begging a Bone from his Master. (A Dog and Man argue over a bone. The dog loses when it observes the Master’s wife only pretends to love him.) Not linked yet
720 The Scarecrow. (A Scarecrow worked for a bit then a bird chanced getting close. Finding no motion it left a dropping on its face.) Not linked yet
721 Father, Son, and Donkey. A Man and Boy take a Donkey to town to sell and meet various people telling them how to ride. They end up carrying the donkey.
722 Teaching an Ass how to Read. (A Man forced to teach an Ass to read asks for ten years thinking he, the Ass, or the Ruler would be dead by then.) Not linked yet
723 The Rustic seeking to Cross a River. A Person looks to cross a raging River. Finds wide places deep and narrow noisy. He wonders how this applies to noisy people.
724 The Fly on the Chariot. (A Fly sitting on a Chariot wheel’s axle wonders about the dust it is raising.) Not linked yet
725 The Fish jump from the Frying-Pan into the Coals. Not linked yet