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M0726 = Perry262. Source: Sheppey 17. This is Perry 262. This Biblical fable from the Book of Judges was added to the Aesopic corpus by the Byzantine monks. The Vulgate Latin word ramnus is from the Greek rhamnos, a kind of prickly thornbush. Compare the traditional Aesop’s fables about the birds electing a king, #454, the animals electing a king, #120, and, most famously, the frogs who asked Jupiter for a king, #605.