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The Fables of Phaedrus

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Animal fables are said to have originated with Aesop, a semilegendary Samian slave, but the earliest surviving record of the fables comes from the Latin poet Phaedrus, who introduced the new genre to Latin literature. This verse translation of The Fables was the first in English in more than two hundred years.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by University of Texas Press (first published 50)
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Yann
Jul 23, 2011 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instruire et amuser, les deux fins des fables sont ici atteintes par Phèdre qui, esclave comme son digne prédécesseur Ésope, offre à la langue de Virgile de quoi tenir tête à celle d'Homère. Le style est très serré, incisif. On retrouve des thèmes Ésopiques mais aussi des histoires originales contemporaines de l'Empire. On notera que la morale issue de ces histoires cherchent à inspirer la prudence et le détachement face à un monde dangereux, violent, en proie aux retournements de fortune les pl ...more
Gauss74
Jan 30, 2014 Gauss74 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Le favole si imparano solo a scuola? Ebbene sì, lo ammetto. sono un feticista bibliofilo.
L'argomento forse principale che mi ha fatto accostare a questo libro non è tanto l'opera (di per sè comunque stuzzicante) ma l'edizione. Ho imparato a conoscere la Nuova Universale Einaudi in biblioteca, e ho capito subito che era stato un prog ... (continua)

Ebbene sì, lo ammetto. sono un feticista bibliofilo.
L'argomento forse principale che mi ha fatto accostare a questo libro non è tanto l'opera (di pe
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Andre Piucci
Jan 17, 2017 Andre Piucci rated it it was amazing
An Athenian seeing Aesop in a crowd of boys at play with nuts, stopped and laughed at him for a madman. As soon as the Sage,—a laughter at others rather than one to be laughed at,—perceived this, he placed an unstrung bow in the middle of the road: “Hark you, wise man,” said he, “unriddle what I have done.” The people gather round. The man torments his invention a long time, but cannot make out the reason of the proposed question. At last he gives up. Upon this, the victorious Philosopher says: ...more
João
Too much anthropomorphism for me, and bashing animals (poor snakes, wolves, foxes, etc. they are always the bad guys!). Fables are still interesting for their structural repetition throughout space and time (like many other aspects of folklore and culture). Phaedrus published 5 books based on Aesop's style, and he was the first to do so in Latin. These 5 books (all short in length) are gathered nowadays under one book. I didn't feel wiser after reading this, even though some of them are really g ...more
Oscar
A nice modern Dutch translation of these classic (Aesopian) fables. The modern style of the translation gives the fables some of the contemporary flair that Phaedrus' originals must have had at the time.

Many of the fables are recognisable and have become classics, but I was not overwhelmed by any great wisdom contained in them. Most of the fables contain witticism and critical observations of human nature and society, but I was never surprised by any particularly deep or truly insightful comment
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Aritra Sen
Jun 22, 2016 Aritra Sen rated it liked it
I like short stories. They end up quickly.
Marts  (Thinker)
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Fables of Phaedrus. The morals of which can still be applied to some aspects of life today...
Auntie Pam
Sep 05, 2012 Auntie Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Proprio come dice lo stesso Fedro queste favole si assomiglaino molto a quelle di Esopo. Sono brevi e ricche di morale, ma solo alcune mi hanno proprio divertito.
Suhail
Jun 20, 2016 Suhail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interessant om te zien hoe anders het wereldbeeld was in die tijden en hoe sommige verhalen dan toch herkenbaar zijn.
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Phaedrus (c. 15 BC – c. 50 AD), Roman fabulist, was probably a Thracian slave, born in Pydna of Macedonia (Roman province) and lived in the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. He is recognized as the first writer to Latinize entire books of fables, retelling in iambic metre the Greek prose Aesopic tales.

Alternative Names:
Caius Julius Phaedrus
Phaedrus Augusti Libertus
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