Aesop's Fables

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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?


Aesop's fables has survived through the ages. From parent to child, or from teacher to student, these fables go down from generation to generation teaching children through fictional stories, morals. These fables are also child- friendly. The main characters are always animals that have the ability to speak.--Submitted by A Lover of Good Books


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Fatalistic and platitudinous

I used to like Aesop's Fables when I was a boy. But when I read them as a grown up, they seemed rather fatalistic. The moral of the fables was often about not getting above your station and being content with your lot. Re-reading them reminded me that Aesop was supposedly a slave. Another moral was that you should be good to people, especially those who have been good to you. It seemed rather platitudinous.

Favourite Aesop Fable.

I'll see if we can get any players - list your favourite Aesop fable & why. For me, the cowardly bat, who changes sides to the one who's winning is my favourite. The attitude was exemplified by several countries in WWII, none of which came out of it well and it never does work, a turncoat will always be remembered as a turncoat. Stay true to yourself and your friends. Seems good advice to me! Anyone else?

Help Resurrect Aesop!

For several hundred generations, Aesop's fables reigned supreme as a means of teaching children simple morality. Nowadays, he is mostly ignored in a world of Harry Potters and Jane Blondes. Such a shame - the morality is easily taught, still appropriate and best of all, retains appeal to children with the anthropormorphised animals to carry the stories. Next time you're in a second-hand bookshop, buy a copy of Aesop's Fables and give it to a family with young kids.

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I'm looking for a fable with a moral that has to do with having fun, or doing what you want to do, or something like that. Thanks.

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