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The Complete Fables

by Aesop

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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 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.… (more)
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    The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights Giftset by Malcolm Lyons (TineOliver)
    TineOliver: Any selection (or the complete set) of the tales from the Arabian Nights would be a good complement to Aesop's fables. Although the tales from the nights are much longer and more detailed, they also contain moralistic stories, however these are based on Arabic traditions.… (more)
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    Pushkin's Fairy Tales by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin (Voracious_Reader)
    Voracious_Reader: Allegory and fables.
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    On the Shortness of Life [and other works] by Seneca (BeeQuiet)
    BeeQuiet: Though unsuitable for youngsters due to its basis in letter form as opposed to short fables, this is good for people wanting a different outlook on life. It can encourage tolerance to your own misfortune and an appreciation of other's.
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    Fables by Phaedrus (Anonymous user)
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Delightful morality tales that have stayed with me all of my life. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
A book that should be read repeatedly to children. The stories are concise and bear a lot of life lessons. I read some stories in this book that were repeatedly told by my parents when I was a kid. I never knew they originated from this book. ( )
  jam01 | Feb 26, 2022 |
Good summation of the classic fables. Fantastic cover made of vinyl with inlaid quotes. Keeping this for posterity. ( )
  AdmiralCarter | Jan 3, 2022 |
Es dificil darle una puntuacion a un libro asi.
Me ha sorprendido la cantidad de fabulas que no conocia y que a la vez son relevantes hoy en dia.

Muchas de estas historias se las he ido contando a mi hijo y le ha gustado, y a mi me ha gustado tambien porque algunas de las morales como no mentir o tener buenos amigos son cosas que le quiero inculcar de todas formas. ( )
  trusmis | Sep 30, 2021 |
Aesop's Fables by Penguin Classics is a fable classic having some age old tales. Although the book is for children, but I could not resist reading it. Every story offers a moral which is much needed in today's world. The book is an inspiration and a light read too.

Read full review on bibliophileverse.blogspot.com ( )
  Sucharita1986 | Sep 25, 2021 |
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Aesopprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashliman, D. L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ceva Valla, ElenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, G. K.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Detmold, Edward JuliusIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Feldhūns, ĀbramsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gasparovs, MihailsAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gent, J. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibbs, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Handford, S. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holder, HediIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holzberg, NiklasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoogstraten, David vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manganelli, GiorgioIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mardersteig, GiovanniContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nieuwenhuizen, Johan vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plummer, W. KirtmanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Purmale, MaijaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scholderer, VictorBibliographical notesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Singer, Isaac BashevisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Temple, OliviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Temple, Robert K. G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tenniel, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tinkelman, MurrayIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Townsend, George FylerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Sycham, ChristopherIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vernon Jones, V. S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vianen, J. vanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Voskuhl, ThomasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
So the tales were told age before Aesop;  and asses under lions' manes roared in Hebrew;  and sly foes flattered in Etruscan; and wolves in sheep's clothing gnashed their teeth in Sanskrit, no doubt. - Thackeray, The Newcomes
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A half-starved fox, who saw in the hollow of an oak-tree some bread and meat left there by shepherds, crept in and ate it.
--Handford translation (1964)
A WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf's right to eat him.
A cock was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the hens when suddenly he espied something shining amid the straw. - 1966 Schocken edition.
A hungry fox saw some fine bunches of grapes hanging from a vine that was trained along a high trellis and did his best to reach them by jumping as high as he could into the air.
Popular stories of one sort and another have existed in every place and age; and since primitive man has usually lived in close contact with wild and domestic animals, it was natural for him to invent stories describing imaginary adventures of animals and to make them act and speak with motives and emotions proper to human beings.
--Handford translation (1964)
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Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
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Please note that this entry should be reserved for complete and unabridged collections of Aesop's fables only. (Please see Book Description for details!). Don't combine with retellings or volumes containing selected fables only!
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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 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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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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