Aesop's Fables

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OUP Oxford, Jul 18, 2002 - Fiction - 352 pages
'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one", said the lioness, "but it is very well bred!"' The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a tongue-tied slave who miraculously received the power of speech; from his legendary storytelling came the collections of prose and verse fables scattered throughout Greek and Roman literature. First published in English by Caxton in 1484, the fables and their morals continue to charm modern readers: who does not know the story of the tortoise and the hare, or the boy who cried wolf? This new translation is the first to represent all the main fable collections in ancient Latin and Greek, arranged according to the fables' contents and themes. It includes 600 fables, many of which come from sources never before translated into English. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
NOTE ON THE TEXT AND TRANSLATION
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
CHRONOLOGY OF THE FABLES
AESOP THE POPULAR FAVOURITE
I THE FABLES
FABLES ABOUT SELFDELUSION
FABLES ABOUT REFLECTIONS AND ILLUSIONS
FABLES ABOUT HUMAN HYPOCRISY
FABLES ABOUT SELFINTEREST
FABLES ABOUT WEALTH AND RICHES
FABLES ABOUT LIFES UPS AND DOWNS
FABLES ABOUT THE BITTER END
FABLES ABOUT FOOLISH PLANS
FABLES ABOUT FOOLISH ANIMALS AND GOOD ADVICE
FABLES ABOUT ANIMAL WISDOM

FABLES ABOUT MISLEADING APPEARANCES
FABLES ABOUT FOOLISH EXPECTATIONS
FABLES ABOUT TIMING AND OPPORTUNITY
FABLES ABOUT IDENTITY AND APPEARANCE
FABLES ABOUT FAKE DOCTORS
FABLES ABOUT FALSE PROPHETS
FABLES ABOUT DISGUISES AND PRETENCE
FABLES ABOUT ANIMALS OUT OF PLACE
FABLES ABOUT FOOLISH IMITATION
FABLES ABOUT CHANGING ONES NATURE
FABLES ABOUT AMBIGUOUS CREATURES
FABLES ABOUT ANIMAL HYPOCRISY
FABLES ABOUT UNEXPECTED OUTCOMES
FABLES ABOUT FATE AND FORTUNE
FABLES ABOUT GODS AND MORTALS
FABLES ABOUT GODS AND FOOLS
FABLES ABOUT GIVING ADVICE TO FOOLS
FABLES ABOUT RAISING CHILDREN
II AETIOLOGIES PARADOXES INSULTS AND JOKES
INDEX OF PERRY NUMBERS
INDEX OF SOURCES
GENERAL INDEX
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Laura Gibbs completed her M.Phil. in European Literature at St Antony's College, Oxford and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. She has also studied and taught at the Centre for the Study of Anthropology and the Ancient World at the University of Siena in Italy. She is currently employed as a specialist in academic computing at the University of Oklahoma where she is developing Latin and Greek teaching tools for use on the Internet.

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