Aesop’s Fables

Greek: Αισωπος Μυθοι
What: A collection of fables created by Aesop in ancient Greece.
Written: 5th century B.C.

Aesop's Fables have been retold countless times over the years.

Aesop’s Fables have been retold
countless times over the years.

Aesop’s Fables is a collection of fables credited by Aesop (620-560 BC), a slave and story-teller who lived during the sixth century B.C. in Ancient Greece. Aesop’s Fables were brief and most involved anthropomorphic animals (animals with human traits). His fables are some of the most well known in the world and remain apopular choice for moral education of children today. Stories that come from Aesop’s Fables include: The Fox and the GrapesThe Tortoise and the HareThe Ant and the Grasshopper and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

While some suggested that Aesop did not actually exist, and that the fables attributed to him are folktales of unknown origins, Aesop was indeed mentioned in several other Ancient Greek works. Aristophanes, in his comedy The Wasps, represented the protagonist Philocleon as having learnt the “absurdities” of Aesop” from conversation at banquets; Plato wrote in Phaedothat Socrates whiled away his jail time turning some of Aesop’s fables “which he knew” into verses;Demetrius of Phalerum compiled the fables into a set of eleven books, which have been lost, for the use of orators. Aristotle was a keen systematic collector of riddles, folklore, and proverbs; he had a special interest in the riddles of the Delphic Oracle and studied the fables of Aesop.

Read some of Aesop’s Fables at http://www.aesopfables.com/aesopsel.html.

Popular quotes from Aesop’s Fables:

  • Appearances are often deceiving.
  • Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
  • It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
  • Please all, and you will please none.
  • Slow but steady wins the race.
  • United we stand, divided we fall.

The Tortoise and the Hare retold by Disney (1934): 

The Ants and the Grasshopper retold by Disney (1934):

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