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The Complete Fables

by Aesop

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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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While scholars are uncertain about the identity of Aesop or whether he was even an actual person, there is no doubt that the stories originally collected under his name over 2,000 years ago in Greece are among the world's most beloved tales. Combining a moral lesson with an entertaining story, the fables still retain their power to charm and instruct.

Table of Contents:
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
The Jackdaw and the Pigeons
The Belly and the Members
The Lion and the Four Bulls
The Goatherd and the She-Goat
The Fox and the Stork
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
The Cock and the Jewel
The Serpent and the Man
The Travelers and the Plane Tree
The Eagle and the Arrow
The Two Crabs
The Fox and the Woodman
The Lark and Her Young Ones
The Wolf and the Watchdog
The Dog and His Shadow
The Old Man, His Son and the Ass
The Fox and the Lion
The Leopard and the Fox
Minerva's Olive
The Countryman and the Snake
The Wolf and the Kid
The Young Mouse, the Cock and the Cat
The Vain Jackdaw
Belling the Cat
The Covetous Man
The One-Eyed Doe
The Cock and the Fox
The Hare and the Tortoise
Jupiter's Two Wallets
The Stag Looking into the Pool
The Old Woman and the Doctor
The Gnat and the Bull
The Boy and the Figs
Socrates and His Friends
The Wolf and the Ass
The Crow and the Pitcher
The Mule Laden with Corn and the Mule Laden with Gold
The Fox and the Goat
The Kid and the Wolf
The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
Mercury and the Woodman
The Wolf and the Crane
The Boys and the Frogs
The Hare and the Hound
The Ape and the Dolphin
The Goat and the Lion
The Ploughman and Fortune
The Fox and the Ass
The Cats and the Mice
The Peacock and the Crane
The Man and the Lion
The Old Hound
The Two Travelers
The Ass and the Little Dog
The Fox and the Grapes
The Fox in the Well
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Hart and the Vine
The Sow and the Wolf
The Frog and the Ox
The Lion and the Mouse
The Stag and the Fawn
The Hen and the Fox
The Farmer and the Eagle
The Dove and the Ant
The Mischievous Dog
The Ass Laden with Salt and with Sponges
The Goatherd and the Goats
The Farmer and His Sons
The Horse and the Lion
The Ass, the Lion and the Cock
The Lion, the Tiger and the Fox
The Fortune-Teller
The Oak and the Reeds
The Fox and the Mask
The Sick Lion
Hercules and the Wagoner
The Travelers and the Bear
The Falconer and the Partridge
The Wind and the Sun
The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass
The Fox and the Crow
The Wanton Calf
The Old Man and His Sons
The Satyr and the Traveler
The Maid and the Pail of Milk
The Frogs Asking for a King
The Farmer and The Stork
The Dog in the Manger
The Boasting Traveler
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 22, 2023 |

I liked these but you can only read a few at a time! The illustrations were worth having though the ones by Milo Winter (available online courtesy of the Library of Congress's edition of Aesop's Fables for Children) are much better.

I was surprised by how many common aphorisms were from these fables! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
hic rhodus, hic salta

single reversal
The wolf and the lamb: "Well anyhow, I'm not going without my dinner."

double reversal
The wolf, the mother, and her child: "As for the people in that house, you can't believe a word they say"
The wolf and the boy: If you can say three things to me, the truth of which cannot be disputed, I will spare your life."

massive cope
The lion, the mouse, and the fox: "Afraid of a mouse? Not I! It's his bad manners I can't stand."

classic joke
The sick man and the doctor: "I'm dying of good signs."
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  Joe.Olipo | Jun 4, 2023 |
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 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
AesopAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashliman, D. L.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ceva Valla, ElenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, G.K.Introductionsecondary 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
Holzberg, NiklasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoogstraten, David vanTranslatorsecondary 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
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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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)
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 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.
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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