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Fabels (Hardcover)

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In addition to the familiar animal fables, about a quarter of the book includes such diverse material as prologues and epilogues, historical anecdotes, short stories, enlarged proverbs and sayings, comic episodes and folk wisdom, and many incidental glimpses of Greek and Roman life in the classical period.
Hardcover, Salamander Klassiek, 196 pages
Published 2006 by Athenaeum - Polak & Van Gennep (first published January 1st 1975)
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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...more
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
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
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...more
Auntie Pam
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.
Marts  (Thinker)
Fables of Phaedrus. The morals of which can still be applied to some aspects of life today...
Vincent Russo
This is just weakly formed analogies of animals to reflect outdated ideas of humans.
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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
More about Phaedrus...
Aesop's Human Zoo: Roman Stories about Our Bodies Telling Tales on Caesar: Roman Stories from Phaedrus The Fables of Phaedrus: Books I & II The Comedies of Terence Aug

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