Aesop's Fables

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Lightning Source Incorporated, Oct 26, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
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 collectionsof 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.

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User Review  - ocosta1 - LibraryThing

This book had many central messages, one for each fable. I thought this was a great book. Some of the tales, such as "The Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf" are very common, while others such as "The Monkey ... Read full review

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User Review  - EmilySadler - LibraryThing

I thought this book was a nice collection of classic fables. The purpose of Aesop’s fables is to relay a life lesson through fictional stories. I liked that each page had a different story and ... Read full review

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Aesop (620-560 BC) was a slave in ancient Greece who is known only for the genre of fables that are ascribed to him.

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