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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    1001. Aesop’s Fables = The Aesopica, Aesopus Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media. حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: 1001. Aesop’s Fables = The Aesopica, Aesopus Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media. حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی ام ماه آگوست سال 1982 میلادی عنوان: افسانه های ازوپ؛ داستانسرای یونانی؛ نویسنده: ازوپ؛ ترجمه و تحشیه: علی اصغر حلبی؛ تهران، اساطیر، 1373؛ در 291 ص؛ موضوع: افسانه های ازوپ - سده 7 پیش از میلاد بنا به گفته ی «هرودوت»: «ازوپ»، برده‌ ای از اهالی «سارد» بوده است. افسانه‌ هایی تعریف کرده، که منشأ تعداد بیشماری از امثال و حکم شده است. «ازوپ»، دارای سیصد و چهار افسانه است، او در یونان، غلامی زرخرید بوده، که بعدها صاحبش او را آزاد کرده است، و «دلفی‌»ها او را به قتل رساندند. «ازوپ»، در سال‌های سده های ششم و هفتم پیش از میلاد می‌زیسته، و با «کورش هخامنشی» همدوره بوده، و داستان‌هایش به اکثر زبان‌های دنیا ترجمه شده است. اینک بازگویی يکی از آن افسانه ها: روبهی، آتش جوعش، جان او را به لب رسانده، و پرده ی صبرش را از هم گسلانده، خسته و درمانده به تاکی رسید، که انگورهای سیاه و رسیده، از شاخه‌ های آن آویخته، و بیتابی بر دل روباه ریخته. خواست تا خوشه‌ ای برچیند، و به تناول بنشیند. به هر حیلتی دست یازید، کارگر نیفتاد. درخت به غایت بلند بود، و روبه به نهایت کوتاه. عاقبت مستأصل گشت. پس راه پیش گرفت، و در آن حال استیصال، تسکین خاطر مسکین خود را می‌گفت: «انگورها، چنانکه گمان می‌بردم، شیرین نبودند». داستان منجم: «منجمی را عادت چنان بود که هر شامگاه، چون قرص خورشید به چاهسار مغرب، فرو می‌شد، به طلب علم، از سرای خویش به صحرای بی‌ تشویش، روان می‌شد، و در ظلمت شب، نور معرفت می‌جست. در دامن دشت، به تماشای آسمان مشغول می‌شد، و در بحر نجوم مستغرق می‌گشت. شبی نیز بنا به عادت مألوف، سر به بیابان نهاد و در خلوت، کار خویش از سر گرفت. همچنان که گام برمی‌داشت، چشم بر نیلگونه ی آسمان دوخته بود، و در حریم ملکوت سیر می‌کرد. سودای سقف سیاهش، چنان سرمست کرده بود، که از آنچه زیر بام بلند، و بیکران آسمانِ دشت می‌گذشت، غافل بود. از قضا، عنان از دست بداد، و به چاهی ژرف درافتاد، آنچنان که جراحاتی سخت برداشت، و فریادش از زمین، بر آسمان رفت. رهگذری صدایش بشنید، او را بشناخت، و نزدیک آمد. چون در چاهش دید، و در حال تباه او تأمل کرد، گفت: چون است، که تو را ز اوج افلاک آگهی است، و بر پست خاک ندانی که چیست؟». داستان زاغ و روباه: زاغی که پاره‌ ای گوشت، به منقار گرفته بود، بر شاخه ی درختی بنشست. روباهی که از آن حوالی می‌گذشت، زاغ را دید، و طمع در طعمه ی او بست. پس برای تصاحب گوشت، به نیرنگ متوسل شد، و نزد زاغ رفت. او را آواز داد، و گفت: «زاغ، به راستی چه پرنده ی خوش خط و خال و زیبایی است. خوش‌ اندامی و تناسب پر و بالش، چنان است که سیمرغ نیز، پیش جمال او زشت می‌نماید. کاش صدای او نیز، خوش‌آهنگ بود، که اگر چنین می‌شد، او را بحق، ملکه‌ الطیور می‌خواندند». زاغ چون این شنید، خواست قارقار کند، و صوت خود آشکار سازد، که طعمه از دهانش فرو افتاد. روباه که انتظار همین لحظه را می‌کشید، جستی زد، و لخت گوشت، به چنگال گرفت. آنگاه رو به زاغ کرد، و چنین گفت: «آه! زاغک ساده و بینوای من! عیب در صدای تو نیست. اشکال در شعور توست، که تجلیل از تزویر، باز نمی‌شناسد.» برخی منابع، ازوپ را با لقمان حکیم، یکی دانسته‌ اند. داستان‌های ایشان به بیشتر زبان‌های دنیا ترجمه شده، و شاعر توانای ایرانی: «ناصرخسرو قبادیانی»، چندی از افسانه‌ های ایشان را، به نظم آورده است، مانند: روزی ز سر سنگ عقابی به هوا خاست...؛ «مولانا جلال‌الدین رومی» نیز، برخی از داستان‌های پندآموز «ازوپ» را، در مثنوی به شعر سروده است: داستان به شکار رفتن شیر و گرگ و...؛ کلاغی که با پر طاووس...؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    James

    How often in life these little fables come up and we forget their original (or semi-original) source. Thousands of years old... parables told over and over again, then written down. What do they really mean, you can ask yourself these questions over and over again and have a different answer each time. Take the "Tortoise and the Hare" as an example: Is it always true that slow and steady wins the race. Is that really what the story says? Could it be a broad theory that is subject to individual o How often in life these little fables come up and we forget their original (or semi-original) source. Thousands of years old... parables told over and over again, then written down. What do they really mean, you can ask yourself these questions over and over again and have a different answer each time. Take the "Tortoise and the Hare" as an example: Is it always true that slow and steady wins the race. Is that really what the story says? Could it be a broad theory that is subject to individual opinion based on the depth of the incident being cited? Is steady better than quick? Which is truly smarter? If nothing else, it serves as an educational baseline of sorts... a place to start... with morals and the question of "what if" with children's thirsty minds. But how many of us really know anything about Aesop? :) About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    Aesop wrote many intelligent fables in here, and some are real life lessons. One of the most famous, and also the one I take the most from, is The Hare and the Tortoise. We all know the story and the maxim: slow and steady wins the race. Being arrogant and fast isn’t all that. I remember reading this at school for the first time when I was around five to six years old, and somehow, it stuck with me. I always take the tortoise approach in life whether it be writing essays or training for marathon Aesop wrote many intelligent fables in here, and some are real life lessons. One of the most famous, and also the one I take the most from, is The Hare and the Tortoise. We all know the story and the maxim: slow and steady wins the race. Being arrogant and fast isn’t all that. I remember reading this at school for the first time when I was around five to six years old, and somehow, it stuck with me. I always take the tortoise approach in life whether it be writing essays or training for marathons. I take things at my own pace, and do things in my own time. It's the best way. In terms of general readability though, I did find some of these very repetitive. It’s not the sort of thing you read a lot of at once, as it all blurs into one. It’s best to take your time and read a few a day or perhaps just pick out a handful that you think will appeal to you. For every decent one I read, I read two that were a bit pointless. It’s very hit and miss.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

    AESOP'S ECHOES It is amazing how so many popular references and common senses are found here. Aesop finds his echoes throughout the high flying philosophers and through the earthy grandmothers, not only engrafted into the literature of the civilized world, but familiar as household words in daily conversation of peoples, across borders. It is all pervading. And to top it off, such great pleasure too. Wisdom, and simplicity, and entertainment - through unforgettable stories - what more could be a AESOP'S ECHOES It is amazing how so many popular references and common senses are found here. Aesop finds his echoes throughout the high flying philosophers and through the earthy grandmothers, not only engrafted into the literature of the civilized world, but familiar as household words in daily conversation of peoples, across borders. It is all pervading. And to top it off, such great pleasure too. Wisdom, and simplicity, and entertainment - through unforgettable stories - what more could be asked? Aesop: The Origins The most famous of Greek poets, Aesop was born about the year 620 B.C., by birth a slave. He was owned by two masters in succession, and won his freedom from the latter, as a reward for his learning and wit. As a freedman in the ancient republics of Greece, Aesop now had the privilege and the permission to take an active interest in public affairs; and Aesop, raised himself to a position of high renown - a political ambassador of sorts. In his desire alike to instruct and to be instructed, he travelled through many countries. And in his discharge of his commissions, is said to have, by the narration of some of his wise fables, reconciled the inhabitants of those cities to the administration of their times. Here we can detect and understand some of the common themes that run through these fables - those of keeping to one’s appointed place/station, the utility of inherent strengths which might not be easily visible and of the perils of overreaching. These, and other, but still few, simple strands of wisdom is reinforced again and again in different situations - which is the essence of the craft of a fabulist. Aesop: The Fabulous Fabulist The Fable, like any Tale, will contain a short but real narrative; it will seek, like any Parable, to convey a hidden meaning, but by the skillful introduction of fictitious characters; and it will always keep in view, as its high prerogative, and inseparable attribute, the great purpose of instruction, and will necessarily seek to inculcate some moral maxim, social duty, or political truth. And yet, even when trying to realize profound human truths through itself, it so conceals its design under the disguise of fictitious characters, by clothing with speech the animals of the field, the birds of the air, the trees of the wood, or the beasts of the forest, that the reader shall receive advice without perceiving the presence of the adviser. Thus the superiority of the counsellor, which often renders counsel unpalatable, is kept out of view, and the lesson comes with the greater acceptance when the reader is led, unconsciously to himself, to have his sympathies enlisted in behalf of what is pure, honorable, and praiseworthy, and to have his indignation excited against what is low, ignoble, and unworthy.  This format also required the fabulist to keep a unity of character throughout - The introduction of the animals as characters should be marked with an unexceptionable care and attention to their natural attributes, and to the qualities attributed to them by universal popular consent. The Fox should be always cunning, the Hare timid, the Lion bold, the Wolf cruel, the Bull strong, the Horse proud, and the Ass patient, even as they are made to depict the motives and passions of men. Aesop’s fables achieve this unity and consistency so throughly that now they have passed into popular consciousness. Indeed, we can even assert that these animals, as we know them today, were created in these Fables! Aesop: The Companion Aesop's Fables are valuable companions. These stories pack much distilled wisdom in them and can be employed with great effect. It is said that a few good stories are better moral equipment than the best tracts of philosophers. Even Socrates is mentioned by Plato as having employed his time while in prison, awaiting the return of the sacred ship from Delphos which was to be the signal of his death, in turning some of these fables into verse from what he had committed to memory over his long lifetime. Socrates, like Aesop, understood that we are all moralists, seeking the human judgements that inform ours, and other’s actions. But morality forced down by edict can be very forbidding. This forbidding notion of morality was what inspired the philosopher Bertrand Russell to remark that the Ten Commandments ought to come with the sort of rubric which is sometimes to be found on examination papers of ten questions: ‘Only six need be attempted’. It is noteworthy that Socrates tried to emulate in his own teaching method the technique of the great fabulist - of letting the listener arrive at his own conclusions, or at any rate, avoiding the biggest pitfall any teacher can fall into - of being perceived as a moral superior. In how Socrates shaped up as a teacher, we can very well see why the most earthy and yet the loftiest of philosophers considered Aesop’s fables to be masterpieces, a constant source of companionship and teaching - and also a manual on teaching well. We would be well served to do the same.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fabian

    I must admit that at this time some of these tales fell flat & are as antiquarian as... Carriages? Shepherds? But still, some of them are cynical enough to strike my fancy, and most of them end with a little innocent critter dying and learning a mistake way too late--all so that we can benefit. There is misogyny, racism, class-ism... the works. Its deletion of this from the "1001 Books" List doesn't affect me (or you), really. My favorites include the one about the bat who denies his classific I must admit that at this time some of these tales fell flat & are as antiquarian as... Carriages? Shepherds? But still, some of them are cynical enough to strike my fancy, and most of them end with a little innocent critter dying and learning a mistake way too late--all so that we can benefit. There is misogyny, racism, class-ism... the works. Its deletion of this from the "1001 Books" List doesn't affect me (or you), really. My favorites include the one about the bat who denies his classification of "rat" when captured by a hound and of "bird" when caught by a cat-- escaping twice with his life (Hey--I must admit that travelling in Europe as a Mexican has many more perks (like others' attitude and treatment of you) than travelling as an American. Like Also, the stupid girl who dreams while a pail of water atop her head tumbles, ruining those aforementioned fantasies (silly, stupid girl!) is likewise a winner. However, it is not but the story of rabid rage & ire, about the bee stinging the cobra's hood who then crushes both the bee & its own head under the wheel of a wagon to get her revenge no matter the price that really made me grin. That one's absolutely Shakespearean!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    I was looking for a Christmas present for my nephew the other day when I noticed an edition of Aesop's Fables in Blackwells. I had a copy myself when I was a kid, and it was one of my favourite books. I can't guess how many times I read it. Thinking about it now, it surprises me to realise how fresh and up-to-date it still feels. Most of the stuff from that period is starting to slip away; most people don't read the Bible any more, or Homer, or Euripides, or Seneca. Obviously, they're still ackno I was looking for a Christmas present for my nephew the other day when I noticed an edition of Aesop's Fables in Blackwells. I had a copy myself when I was a kid, and it was one of my favourite books. I can't guess how many times I read it. Thinking about it now, it surprises me to realise how fresh and up-to-date it still feels. Most of the stuff from that period is starting to slip away; most people don't read the Bible any more, or Homer, or Euripides, or Seneca. Obviously, they're still acknowledged as timeless classics, but an effort is required. Our culture has moved on, not necessarily in a good way. But Aesop's Fables doesn't require effort. It could have been composed yesterday. I can easily see him as a Goodreads contributor, posting a story every now and then and picking up plenty of votes. He'd fit right in and be one of the most popular people on the site. At age eight, I got nearly all the stories, but there were a couple that puzzled me. If you happen to be a precocious kid, I'd be curious to know what you make of the following, which I only figured out much later:The Woman and the Wine-Jar A woman is walking along one day when she finds an empty wine-jar. She picks it up and sniffs it appreciatively. "Ah!" she sighs. "What you must have been in your prime, when the very dregs of you are so lovely!"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    These moral lessons were my bible. ...when I wasn't made to learn my bible as a kid. The other day I realized I didn't know all of Aesop's Fables. Certainly I've read a few and heard many more, but I'd never sat down and read the whole thing. So I rectified that. Now I can see why some of the lesser known fables are lesser known. Not every one of these often-anthropomorphic tales of animals wise and woeful is a winner. None are terrible, but every once in a while one of them doesn't quite resinate. These moral lessons were my bible. ...when I wasn't made to learn my bible as a kid. The other day I realized I didn't know all of Aesop's Fables. Certainly I've read a few and heard many more, but I'd never sat down and read the whole thing. So I rectified that. Now I can see why some of the lesser known fables are lesser known. Not every one of these often-anthropomorphic tales of animals wise and woeful is a winner. None are terrible, but every once in a while one of them doesn't quite resinate. A Cock is walking around the farm and sees a pearl. He excitedly picks it up. The other cocks laugh. "You may have a treasure," one says, "but I'd rather have corn any day." Moral: The ignorant despise what is precious only because they cannot understand it. However, most of them knock the moral lesson right out of the park and make for a solid basis of wisdom with which to live a decent life by. The Tortoise and the Hare - Slow and steady wins the race. The Crow and the Pitcher - Use your wits. Belling the Cat - Saying you'll do something is one thing, doing it is quite another. The Ants and the Grasshopper - Work before play. The Young Crab and His Mother - Lead by example. There's others about humility and being a good person to your fellow man, but I'm not awake right now and can't seem to find them online. Trust me, they're there.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    My colleague S, with whom I'm currently doing a project involving Italian, lent me this book so that I could improve my shaky grasp of her language. I was pleased to find that I could understand quite a lot of it! The high point was discovering an Aesop's Fable that I hadn't previously come across: The Frogs and the Well Some frogs lived happily in a puddle. Then summer arrived; as one hot day succeeded another, the puddle shrank until it disappeared altogether. The frogs had no choice but to seek My colleague S, with whom I'm currently doing a project involving Italian, lent me this book so that I could improve my shaky grasp of her language. I was pleased to find that I could understand quite a lot of it! The high point was discovering an Aesop's Fable that I hadn't previously come across: The Frogs and the Well Some frogs lived happily in a puddle. Then summer arrived; as one hot day succeeded another, the puddle shrank until it disappeared altogether. The frogs had no choice but to seek a new home. They hopped painfully along, but everywhere they went they found dried-up ponds and empty river beds. Finally they came to a well. Looking down the deep shaft, they saw water at the bottom. "We're saved!" croaked one frog. "Let's jump in now!" "Wait a moment," said his less impulsive friend. "What will we do if this one also dries up?"

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    This is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece. These stories, while at times naive at times strange, filled many of my summers, I as read them out loud for my grandmother while she was sewing or painting or doing one of the many things she loved to do with her hands. Originally belonging to the oral tradition, the fables were collected only three centuries after Aesop's death. The stories are focused on teaching moral lessons ab This is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece. These stories, while at times naive at times strange, filled many of my summers, I as read them out loud for my grandmother while she was sewing or painting or doing one of the many things she loved to do with her hands. Originally belonging to the oral tradition, the fables were collected only three centuries after Aesop's death. The stories are focused on teaching moral lessons about love, and respect, and greed, and all those many internal demons pestering us. The allegories are great and rich. Animals are always the protagonists, perhaps because showing human behavior and actions --specially the despicable ones-- in the mirror of our beastly world-companions makes it easy for us to see the root of the evil in display. This is a good read for young children, but it's a surprisingly entertaining read for adults as well. One that requires little commitment for you can read one fable and forget the book forever, or you can read many and make an afternoon out of it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    The world of fables for the west really originated with the slave Aesop and this marvellous collection of stories. In France, La Fontaine would probably never have existed had Aesop not existed. The fairy tales of Grimm and Andersson similarly drew inspiration from Aesop. The most famous of course is the eternal Tortoise and the Hare, but don't stop there as there are amazing tales here with philosophical and moral messages that transcend the ages.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    I think this is the book I can call a REAL masterpiece. OVERVIEW This book contains Fables. Each fable is different from the other and contains different moral. Author uses animals to convey his message. There are very few Fables in which he uses humans. But I didn't mind that fact. I just wanted a lesson. And I must praise author for such a great comparison between humans and animals. He has used an appropriate animal for a particular human characteristic. Overall this book contains almost ev I think this is the book I can call a REAL masterpiece. OVERVIEW This book contains Fables. Each fable is different from the other and contains different moral. Author uses animals to convey his message. There are very few Fables in which he uses humans. But I didn't mind that fact. I just wanted a lesson. And I must praise author for such a great comparison between humans and animals. He has used an appropriate animal for a particular human characteristic. Overall this book contains almost every moral which we have or may face in the world. Or most important thing this book is purely for children. It would be an excellent book for them. Because almost teenagers are aware of the morals which are given in this book. P.S. After reading these Fables I don't think I am in the mood to read any more animals for a week or two. SOME MORALS FROM THE BOOK I LIKED I liked almost every moral in this book but the following are little special for me. ♡A change of habits will not alter nature ♡There is a time for work and time for play ♡The laws of nature are unchangeable ♡A fool may deceive by his dress and appearance, but his words will soon show what he really is ♡Set your sails with the wind ♡Ability proves itself by deeds ♡Always stop to think whether your fun may not be the cause of another's unhappiness ♡As long as you live, never judge the people by their looks ♡Don't stop to argue with temptation ♡You are judged by the company you keep ♡The true leader proves himself by his qualities ♡However unfortunate we may think we are there is always someone worse off than ourselves ♡Greatness has its penalties ♡Do not listen to the advice of him who seeks to lower you to his own level ♡It is unwise to treat old friends badly for the sake of new ones ♡Those who have plenty want more and so lose all they have ♡Learn from the misfortunes of others ♡Boast of one thing and you will be found lacking in that and a few other things as well ♡If you try to please all, you please none ♡Do not count your chickens before they are hatched ♡There is nothing worth so much as liberty ♡Do not let anything turn you from your purpose ♡Once a wolf, always a wolf ♡Do not tell others how to act unless you can set a good example ♡Misfortune is the test of true friendship ♡It is easy to be brave when there is no danger Thanks for your attention! ^__^ 1 December, 2016

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    If there's one book that deserves a classic status, it's Aesop's Fables. With hidden moral values among wit, humor, fantasy and animals, Aesop created some of the most clever scenarios and stories of all time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rahul Matthew

    I really love these timeless tales taught by Animals!!:)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    Description: 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 Description: 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? They are two of the many fables from Aesop, made legendary by time. Trumpism is a collection of behaviours that can be summed up in their crassness with these fables - every day an exhibition of sour grapes, no?!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    Love all the stories. Reading them to my kids and then asking them the morals as they see it. I know they don't understand it all but I hope it plants a seed in them to be kinder, empathetic people and not letting others abuse this kindness. Lots of witty and self evaluation stories told in animal form. Short and sweet with lots of wisdom and mental strength.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lumsden

    An odd, interesting and kind of charming read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg. INTRODUCTION Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his fame is all the more deserved because he never deserved it. The firm foundations of common sense, the shrewd shots at uncommon sense, that characterise all the Fables, belong not him but to humanity. In the earliest human history whatever is authentic is universal: and whatever is universal is anonymous. In such cases there is always some central man who had first the trouble of Free download available at Project Gutenberg. INTRODUCTION Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his fame is all the more deserved because he never deserved it. The firm foundations of common sense, the shrewd shots at uncommon sense, that characterise all the Fables, belong not him but to humanity. In the earliest human history whatever is authentic is universal: and whatever is universal is anonymous. In such cases there is always some central man who had first the trouble of collecting them, and afterwards the fame of creating them. He had the fame; and, on the whole, he earned the fame. There must have been something great and human, something of the human future and the human past, in such a man: even if he only used it to rob the past or deceive the future. The story of Arthur may have been really connected with the most fighting Christianity of falling Rome or with the most heathen traditions hidden in the hills of Wales. But the word "Mappe" or "Malory" will always mean King Arthur; even though we find older and better origins than the Mabinogian; or write later and worse versions than the "Idylls of the King." The nursery fairy tales may have come out of Asia with the Indo-European race, now fortunately extinct; they may have been invented by some fine French lady or gentleman like Perrault: they may possibly even be what they profess to be. But we shall always call the best selection of such tales "Grimm's Tales": simply because it is the best collection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I'm not sure what I was expecting to get out of reading these, and while some of them were amusing some were just weird. Most of these stories have a moral to them, like The Tortoise and the Hare, but others just explained why things are the way they are. Then you had stories that just consisted of a woman smelling an old wine canteen. A lot of the stories were repetitive, which is probably why I started losing interest towards the end. How many stories about a wolf trying to lure a poor lamb or I'm not sure what I was expecting to get out of reading these, and while some of them were amusing some were just weird. Most of these stories have a moral to them, like The Tortoise and the Hare, but others just explained why things are the way they are. Then you had stories that just consisted of a woman smelling an old wine canteen. A lot of the stories were repetitive, which is probably why I started losing interest towards the end. How many stories about a wolf trying to lure a poor lamb or goat out can you read? These stories are good to read a few between much larger novels, but I wouldn't recommend reading them all in one shot. I wish I could write a better review, but I'm a little let down by this collection. I did like the pictures included with this edition though!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

    This was the only book quite appropriate for my young age that I read as a child, a precious edition with lots of drawings by one of the best book illustrators, Arthur Rackham, which to date is still much loved by me. I have that old copy with me even now, relatively well preserved.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Afkham

    Aesop's most influential fable, very short tales told by different creatures with a wise piece of advice or a moral result in the end. The appealing point is not only it applies for our routine and every day life but also it got its roots deep in humanity and civilized society of all the times and areas. Most of them stories I've heard or read about as a child or even been told by illiterate elderlies.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I think maybe this just isn't a book you want to read all at once. It is quite amazing that these stories are 3000 years old and the lessons still hold. It's just that many are similar and after a dozen or so it gets kind of tedious to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eric Boot

    I translated parts of these for my Greek lessons, and it was pretty interesting :) I didn't read all of them but I think the biggest share.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eadweard

    "The Goat and the Donkey A man kept a goat and a donkey. The goat became jealous of the donkey, because it was so well fed. So she said to him: ‘What with turning the millstone and all the burdens you carry, your life is just a torment without end.’ She advised him to pretend to have epilepsy and to fall into a hole in order to get some rest. The donkey followed her advice, fell down and was badly bruised all over. His master went to get the vet and asked him for a remedy for these injuries. The ve "The Goat and the Donkey A man kept a goat and a donkey. The goat became jealous of the donkey, because it was so well fed. So she said to him: ‘What with turning the millstone and all the burdens you carry, your life is just a torment without end.’ She advised him to pretend to have epilepsy and to fall into a hole in order to get some rest. The donkey followed her advice, fell down and was badly bruised all over. His master went to get the vet and asked him for a remedy for these injuries. The vet prescribed an infusion of goat’s lung; this remedy would surely restore him to health. As a result, the man sacrificed the goat to cure the donkey." ---- "The Goatherd and the Wild Goats A goatherd, having led his goats to pasture, noticed that they were mixing with some wild goats. And, when evening fell, he herded all of them into his cave together. The next day, a great storm raged. Not being able to lead them out to pasture as usual, he left them inside. To his own goats he gave only a handful of fodder, just enough to keep them from starving. But for the strangers, on the other hand, he increased the ration, with the intention of keeping them as well. When the bad weather was almost over he let them all out to pasture. But, upon reaching the mountain, the wild goats ran away. As the goatherd shouted after them, accusing them of ingratitude for thus abandoning him after all the care he had taken of them, they turned round to reply: ‘All the more reason for us to be suspicious. For if you treated us, mere newcomers, better than your old flock, it’s quite clear that if some other goats came along you would then neglect us for them.’" ---- "The Fox and the Bunch of Grapes A famished fox, seeing some bunches of grapes hanging [from a vine which had grown] in a tree, wanted to take some, but could not reach them. So he went away saying to himself: ‘Those are unripe.’" ---- "The Neighbour Frogs Two frogs were neighbours. One lived in a deep pond far from the track, while the other lived in a small, stagnant pool on the track. The one from the pond advised the other to come and live near her: ‘You’ll enjoy a much safer and better life here,’ she said. But the frog on the track would not be persuaded. ‘Oh, it would be far too great an effort to uproot myself from the place that I know so well and which I have always called home,’ she said. And so it was that one day a chariot passed along the track and crushed her." ---- "The Kid on the Roof of the House, and the Wolf A kid who had wandered on to the roof of a house saw a wolf pass by and he began to insult and jeer at it. The wolf replied: ‘Hey, you there! It’s not you who mock me but the place on which you are standing.’" ---- "The Stomach and the Feet The stomach and the feet were arguing over their strength. The feet constantly alleged that they were much superior in strength because they carried the stomach. To this the stomach replied: ‘But, my friends, if I don’t provide you with nourishment, you won’t be able to carry me.’" ---- "The Sick Man and the Doctor A sick man, questioned about his health by the doctor, replied that he was sweating heavily. ‘That is good,’ said the doctor. Then he asked him the next time how he was feeling, and the patient said he had been shivering so much he was badly shaken up. ‘That’s also good,’ said the doctor. Then he called on the man a third time and asked how he was. He replied that he had had diarrhoea. ‘That’s good too,’ said the doctor, and went on his way. Then one of the sick man’s parents came to visit him and asked how he was. ‘I’m dying of good symptoms,’ he replied." ---- "The Travellers and the Bear Two friends were travelling along the same path together when a bear suddenly appeared. One of them quickly climbed up a tree and hid himself there. The other, who was about to be caught, threw himself down on the ground and feigned death. The bear sniffed him all over with his muzzle, but the man held his breath. For it is said that a bear will not touch a corpse. When the bear had gone away, the man hiding in the tree came down and asked his friend what the bear had whispered in his ear. The other replied: ‘Not to travel in future with friends who slip away when there is danger.’" ---- "The Two Carrying-pouches Once upon a time, when Prometheus created men, he hung from them two carrying-pouches. One of these contained the deficiencies of other people and was hung in front. The other contained our own faults, which he suspended behind us. The result of this was that men could see directly down into the pouch containing other people’s failings, but were unable to see their own."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shya̋m

    You are ignorant and lacking in curiosity, and have failed to go over your Aesop —Aristophanes, The Birds __________ There is a whole population . . . running all over the place excitedly, occupied without any true occupation, huffing and puffing at frivolous pursuits, and making much out of nothing. They are an annoyance to each other and utterly despised by everyone else. Yet I would like to try to correct this crowd, if possible, by means of a true story: it is one worth listening to. 'I'm not g You are ignorant and lacking in curiosity, and have failed to go over your Aesop —Aristophanes, The Birds __________ There is a whole population . . . running all over the place excitedly, occupied without any true occupation, huffing and puffing at frivolous pursuits, and making much out of nothing. They are an annoyance to each other and utterly despised by everyone else. Yet I would like to try to correct this crowd, if possible, by means of a true story: it is one worth listening to. 'I'm not going to play games with you or tell you lies: you need to take care of all your affairs because you are going to die. You cannot expect to live past tomorrow.' _____ A learned man always has rich inner sources. __________ The Hare and the Tortoise, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Goose with the Golden Eggs . . . We've all heard of him and his fables, but most of us have not familiarised ourselves with the entire oeuvre; but there's no reason not to, and there's plenty to enjoy: as well as the moralising that most of us associate with Aesop, there's plenty of humour and entertainment that's well worth looking over. While some of the fables were recorded in the handbooks of the ancient grammarians and rhetoricians, Aesop's fables were not considered 'children's literature' in the ancient world. In fact, this notion of a children's Aesop beings only with early modern collections of fables such as Roger L'Estrange's English translation of 1692, which aimed to 'initiate the Children into some sort of Sense and Understanding of their Duty'. The Aesop's fables of ancient Greece and Rome were told by and for adults, not children. I dipped in and out of this over a good many months, never finding Aesop dull or repetitive but turning to him like a good friend, for some short, warming tales every now and again. This Oxford World's Classics edition is highly recommended. It contains 600 fables organized by theme, with excellent notes scattered throughout. The translator preferred to translate fables from sources not previously translated into English, and so roughly a quarter of the fables in this collection have not appeared before in English. These are not new fables per se but they are new versions of the fables in English. She also helpfully details some information on all of the sources used in the introduction. __________ 'Do you really mean to compare yourself to my exalted status? I pass my time among the altars, I wander through the temples of the gods . . . I enjoy the forbidden kisses of all the married women . . . What has life given you that can compare with all that I have . . . ?’ Pure water from the sacred fountains will be mine to drink . . . . . . full of flowers, pleasant to look at and quite luxurious . . . . . . reeking of perfume and dressed in flowing robes. 'Why, no man could be more handsome!' 'Surely you do not think I have too high an opinion of myself? My confidence in my own genius is not misplaced, is it?' 'My self-conceit has been my undoing!' This is a story I tell for people who do not know how to appreciate me. __________ Zeus replied: 'You are unaware of the gift you have obtained, but it is the greatest gift of all: you have received the gift of speech and the ability to reason, which has power both among the gods and among mortals; it is stronger than the strong and swifter then the swift.' Man then recognized the gift he had been given and bowed down before Zeus, offering him thanks. Many people have good natural abilities which are ruined by idleness; on the other hand, sobriety, zeal, and perseverance, can prevail over indolence. People should not regularly engage in bad behaviour because at a certain point the habit will impose itself permanently, even if they do not want that to happen. If you are wise, you will tear out vice by the roots, in other words, at the very beginning of sinfulness and other wickedness, so that the severing of the root will cause the branches to wither away. In effect, this is basically what the more respectable books of philosophy advise us to do: we should rely only on ourselves, regarding everything which does not involve us or our livelihood as something that is none of our business as not to our benefit. The wasp then uttered words that are worth repeating: 'It does not matter what we used to be: the important thing is what we are now!’ The amaranth said, 'What a delightful flower you are! You are desired by the gods and mortals alike. I congratulate you on your beauty and your fragrance.' The rose said, 'O amaranth, everlasting flower, I live only for a brief time, and even if no one plucks me, I die, while you are able to blossom and bloom with eternal youth!’. This fable shows that it is better to last for a long time while being contented with little than to live sumptuously for a short time and then suffer a reversal of fortune, perhaps even death. As the leopard was rejoicing in the novelty of his apparel, the sly fox criticized him sharply and showed how useless his markings were. 'Go ahead and put your faith in the excessive embellishment of your youth,' said the fox, 'so long as my intelligence is more attractive than yours: after all, mental endowments are more impressive than the glamour of good looks!’ . . . there is no point in owning something unless you put it to good use. __________ When the she-goats persuaded Jupiter to give them beards, the male goats were extremely upset and began to complain that the women now had the same degree of dignity that they did. After Zeus had fashioned the human race, he ordered Hermes to give them intelligence. Hermes divided intelligence into equal portions and then applied it to each person. The result was that short people became wise, since they were more completely suffused with the standard dose of intelligence, while the tall people turned out stupid, since the portion that was poured into their bodies did not even reach as high as their knees. 'If you can just leave the oil alone and not pee on me, I shall be grateful enough; you do not need to honour me in any other way!' Someone asked Aesop why lesbians and fairies had been created . . . This made the prostitute laugh so hard that her nose filled with snot (as sometimes happens) . . . He broke his left leg and fell flat on his face (he must have been playing in the key of B-flat). __________ . . . very beautiful and always chasing after men with her eyes. The young man was so strongly aroused by shameful thoughts . . . Spurred by wanton lust and hot desire . . . He was immediately enthralled and enflamed with lust . . . __________ . . . you should pay careful attention to these little tales: useful things can come in quite small packages!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    I hadn't read this book, but I was amazed at how many of these fables I was familiar with. So many are part of our modern culture, part of our collective consciousness, and they are not specific to any one country or continent. This is truly a World classic. Most of them are easy to understand, some of them are far fetched, and some just don't make any sense. Some animals are used over and over in the stories, like the donkey, the lion, and the hare. It occurred to me after I had finished that I I hadn't read this book, but I was amazed at how many of these fables I was familiar with. So many are part of our modern culture, part of our collective consciousness, and they are not specific to any one country or continent. This is truly a World classic. Most of them are easy to understand, some of them are far fetched, and some just don't make any sense. Some animals are used over and over in the stories, like the donkey, the lion, and the hare. It occurred to me after I had finished that I should have assigned a comparative image to each and used it throughout, it might have been more entertaining. For example, I could have chosen one of my least favorite politicians as the donkey and used that image in all the tales. My apologies to donkeys everywhere.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    So many of the stories started here. I know, it sounds vague, but these little snippets from long, long ago were built on for so much more. Remember the story of the fox and the crow? The fox uses flattery to get the crow to drop its food. “You have a voice, what you want is wits” Each little story is followed by a moral. Great stories! Great lessons! But, you might have to spend a lot of time explaining the stories to children if you read them to them. Even though they have seen the same moral So many of the stories started here. I know, it sounds vague, but these little snippets from long, long ago were built on for so much more. Remember the story of the fox and the crow? The fox uses flattery to get the crow to drop its food. “You have a voice, what you want is wits” Each little story is followed by a moral. Great stories! Great lessons! But, you might have to spend a lot of time explaining the stories to children if you read them to them. Even though they have seen the same morals displayed in tv, movies and video games. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Schumacher

    I am a student of fairy tales. I have multiple editions of Grimms'. I have read everything ever written by Hans Christian Anderson. I had never read Aesop's Fables, though, understanding them from a young age to be folksy and devoid of conflict. But I have tasted regret often lately for my precocious judgements, so when this collection of several hundred tales caught my eye, I decided to give them a try. I'm so very glad I did, for each of these fables is a revelation. In their simplicity, these I am a student of fairy tales. I have multiple editions of Grimms'. I have read everything ever written by Hans Christian Anderson. I had never read Aesop's Fables, though, understanding them from a young age to be folksy and devoid of conflict. But I have tasted regret often lately for my precocious judgements, so when this collection of several hundred tales caught my eye, I decided to give them a try. I'm so very glad I did, for each of these fables is a revelation. In their simplicity, these tales engender universal truisms whose plainspoken presentation undersells their total authenticity. I was also completely wrong in categorizing them as kin to fairy tales. Fairy tales are narratives which challenge the status quo: the swineherd becomes a hero and marries a princess. "HA!" replies the fable, "A swineherd is a swineherd is a swineherd." These fables use allegory to cut through the conventions of fiction and fantasy, quite before either had become half so codified as it was in Grimms' day, a full two-thousand years later. It preemptively criticizes whole genres by correctly estimating that humans would always be drawn to such departures from reality. Good common sense abounds (flatterers will always get what they want from the vain, hard work rewards where shortcuts punish, the most reliable thing about humans is their tendency towards self-interest) and many of its moral punch-lines have been so abused for three-thousand years that they are cliched through-and-through ("every man for himself," "honesty is the best policy," "pleasing all pleases none," "misery loves company," "one good turn deserves another," "kicking a man while he's down..."). Of course they seem trite--they are the basis of common sense throughout the whole world, and have been for three millennia. This unseats Beowulf as the oldest book I've read, and the great irony here is that it's among the most relevant books I've read. I frequently paused to absorb, reflecting "wow, my supervisor is JUST LIKE the fox and I am like the honeybee..." or "my friend So-And-So has really been treating my like the wild ass, and I've been taking it like the sparrow..." These fables seem like common fodder for a child's bookshelf, but that is misguided. A first-grade reading level does not equate to a first-grade comprehension level. Favorites included: The Bear and the Two Travelers, The Fox and the Grapes, The Hart and the Hunter, Hercules and the Wagoner, The Horse Hunter and Stag, The Miser, The Sick Stag

  28. 4 out of 5

    Arun Divakar

    Throughout your childhood you would have heard the variants of these tales which give you those little nuggets of wisdom. The morals of these tales are what other authors try to explain through books that may be as big as 600 plus pages ! Aesop needs a few sentences to make some of the most profound observations on human nature. His characters are varied between almost every known man,beast,bird, tree & god of the Greek era. These are immortal tales and will remain so for eons to come. The mo Throughout your childhood you would have heard the variants of these tales which give you those little nuggets of wisdom. The morals of these tales are what other authors try to explain through books that may be as big as 600 plus pages ! Aesop needs a few sentences to make some of the most profound observations on human nature. His characters are varied between almost every known man,beast,bird, tree & god of the Greek era. These are immortal tales and will remain so for eons to come. The moment someone says sour grapes , the images spring unbidden to our mind. There are many such tales which have fed the fuel for other story tellers of our time. I have no doubt that they will inspire a lot of future writers as well. There are very interesting questions that some stories pose : Did the Indians borrow some tales of the Pancatantra from the Greeks ? Did this happen after the invasion of Alexander ? No much satisfactory answers are given but there is many a tale which I have heard in may native tongue that I now realise are thinly guised versions of Aesop. Brevity is a blessing for I can copy some of the best fables on to this space : A fox, having crept into an actor's house, rummaged through his wardrobe and found , among other things, a large, beautifully fashioned mask of a monster. He held it in his paws and exclaimed : 'Ah ! What a head ! But it hasn't got a brain ! ' The moral of one other story was too brilliant to let pass by. It goes like this : It is thus that the little things reveal the big things, and that the things which are visible reveal those which are hidden. An excellent collection and quite a useful set of notes by the translator Robert Temple as well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Onaiza Khan

    This book transported me back to my childhood!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    I think this is actually a five-star, but I'd like to re-read it before bumping it up. I love the little stories and their very wise morals, and there are some real classics in this collection. So many stories I already knew I'd never considered where they came from - such as the Tortoise and the Hare. This book gives life to all manner of animals and inanimate objects in order to explain small aspects of life in the simplest terms. One of my favourites is the Frog and the Scorpion. I just love ho I think this is actually a five-star, but I'd like to re-read it before bumping it up. I love the little stories and their very wise morals, and there are some real classics in this collection. So many stories I already knew I'd never considered where they came from - such as the Tortoise and the Hare. This book gives life to all manner of animals and inanimate objects in order to explain small aspects of life in the simplest terms. One of my favourites is the Frog and the Scorpion. I just love how profound the morals are when the stories seem so inconsequential. This one is for all ages, but I think it would be particularly advantageous to share the stories with children in order to shape them into wise adults. This book holds some really great lessons for everybody, really.

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