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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 collections of prose and verse fables scattered throughout Greek and Roman literature. First ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (first published -560)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
1001. Aesop’s Fables, Aesopus
حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر)ادبیات
عنوان: افسانه های ازوپ؛ داستانسرای یونانی؛ نویسنده: ازوپ؛ ترجمه و تحشیه: علی اصغر حلبی؛ تهران، اساطیر، 1373؛ در 291 ص؛ موضوع: افسانه های ازوپ - قرن 7 پیش از میلاد
بنا به گفته ی «هرودوت»: «ازوپ» برده ای از اهالی «سارد» بوده است. افسانه هایی تعریف کرده که منشأ تعداد بی شماری 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 کرد، و «دلفی»ها او را به قتل رساند
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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
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Huda Yahya


يقال إن هذه الحكايات حكايات شعبية يونانية
جمعت ووضعت تحت إسم مؤلف متخيل أسموه أيسوب

ربما بنفس الطريق التي راح بها الأخوين جريم يجمعان الفولكلور الألماني
ووضعوه في قصصهم الخرافيةالأشهر

ولكن هناك فريق آخر يرى أن أيسوب شخصية حقيقية وأن هذه القصص فعلا من تأليفه

وبغض النظر عن الحقيقة
فالحكايات هنا مثلها مثل كليلة ودمنة تميل إلى كونها مواعظ وحكم ذلات دلالات أخلاقية
كما أنها تدور على ألسنة الحيوانات
وهي أيضا قصيرة نسبيا

جزء آخر من تراث الإنسانية الذي علينا جميعا التعرف عليه
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أحب هذه القصة كثيرا
فهي خالدة ما دام
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Bookdragon Sean
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
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Riku Sayuj
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Riku by: Socrates

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
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Fabian
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that at this time some of these tales fell flat and 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, classism... 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 classificati
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Jason Koivu
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Manny
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
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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.
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
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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.
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
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Mahsa.RM
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مسافری از خستگی سفر تلو تلو میخورد چشمش ندید و به داخل چاه عمیقی افتاد و همان جا خوابش برد.الهه سرنوشت به سراغش آمد و او را تکان داد تا بیدار شود و گفت:《بیدار شو و خودت را از این چاه بیرون بکش که بعدها هر که این ماجرا را بشنود،آن را به پای حماقت تو نمینویسد و به گردن من میاندازد که طفلک سرنوشتش این بود》
Guillermo Macbeth
Micro-relatos muy entretenidos. Si bien su clave es la moraleja, creo que se leen mejor con criterios formalistas. En casi todas estas fábulas hay formas abstractas en funcionamiento que parecen estructuras algebraicas: hay un conjunto de elementos y reglas de interacción entre esos elementos. El pasaje ocurre por analogía -como figura retórica- o por morfismo -relación matemática entre estructuras abstractas-. Creo que esta condición es la que ha llevado a un uso extendido de Esopo en la divulg ...more
Afkham
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
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Lada Fleur
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinry tales of pantheistic universe. Tale3s of the good words where plants have a soul and ability to speak. Wisdom tales. Allegorical from tome immemorial. frpm the East and Panchanatra to La Fontaine and La cour et le jardin The mirror stories
Lauren Schumacher
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Arun Divakar
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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aljouharah altheeyb
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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لم أكن أنوي الإستماع لهذا الكتاب بتاتاً خلال هذا الشهر، بل كُنت أشاور نفسي فيما يجب علي حذفه أم لا لأحفظ سعة الآيباد في الفترة الراهنة، لكن حمداً لله على ذلك، رأيت ماجعلني أغير رأيي تماماً بل وأجبرني على إنهاء الكتاب وإعادة الإستماع له مرتين أيضاً!

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Prashant
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am writing this and the only thing that's resonating in my mind is 'the last thing this book needs is another review'

I am still writing this because I suppose I owe this anyone who have not read this book yet. All of us have read,seen or heard of many of these fables at different points in our life.

Here are some stories that have been read for so long a time and adapted to so many forms that they border on being cliched.

Many of these are being immortalized by addition to modern english in fo
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Daniel Chaikin
58. Aesop's Fables for Modern Readers, illustrated by Eric Carle
published: 1965 (copyright is 1941, 1955 and 1965)
format: 58 page hardcover by Peter Pauper Press
acquired: from my neighbor in 2006
read: Aug 31 - Sep 5
rating: 2 stars

The book itself is nice. It feels old, a small thin hardcover with illustrations by Eric Carle, like that shown on the cover. But I'm not sure what to make of the contents. What was it based off? Who translated it, and what did they translate? I only recognized three
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Kevin Richey
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 - The fables varied in quality, and all pretty much blended together after a while. This one stood out:

Demandes and His Fable
Demades the orator was once speaking in the Assembly at Athens; but the people were very inattentive to what he was saying, so he stopped and said, "Gentlemen, I should like to tell you one of Aesop's fables." This made everyone listen intently. Then Demades began: "Demeter, a Swallow, and an Eel were once traveling together, and came to a river without a bridge: the
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Sarah Shahid
حكايات إيسوب هي المعادل اليوناني لكلية ودمنة.
فعلياً قرأتها لعشرات المرات، حيث قمت باختيار هذا الكتاب كمساعدة أخي على القراءة خارج إطار كتب المدرسة بالإضافة إلى مساعدته على استخدام خياله لفهم القصص. لكني هذه المرة قرأت الكتاب لنفسي.
يقال أن هذا الكتاب هو مجموعة من الحكايات الشعبية اليونانية والمنسوبة لشخص غير موجود، كما يقال أن إيسوب هو فعلاً من كتب هذه القصص، وبغض النظر عن صحة الروايتين تبقى هذه القصص رمزاً أدبياً لا يستهان به، كما أن تلك القصص لا تزال صالحة للقراءة حتى يومنا هذا.
أحمد
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قرأت طبعة مكتبة (مصر) التي ترجمها د. مصطفى السقا وسعيد جودة السحار عن ترجمة (تاونْسِنْد) الإنجليزية. اشتريت الكتاب جديدا من معرض الكتاب بالقاهرة - في عام 2010 - بمئة وستين قرشا بعد الخصم! ووجدت فيه أكثر من ثلاثمائة حكاية كان معظمها فائق الإمتاع والعمق، بلا تكلف. والكتاب مزين برسوم قديمة محببة. الخلاصة أنني سأدعو للقائمين على مكتبة (مصر) حتى تُمحى آخر حكاية من حكايات إيسوب - حكيم اليونان - من ذاكرتي، ولست أظنه ممكنا!

أحمد الديب
مايو 2010
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 ...more
ZaRi
قورباغههایی که میخواستند شاه داشته باشند.

این حکایت به زمانی باز میگردد که قورباغهها شاهی نداشتند و از این بابت ناراحت بودند. آنها نمایندهای به خدمتِ ژوپیتر، خدای خدایان، فرستادند تا او شاهی برایشان تعیین کند. ژوپیتر از اینکه قورباغهها کسی را میخواهند که بر آنها حکومت کند، دلخور شد و تکه کندهای در دریاچهٔ قورباغهها انداخت و گفت: «این هم شاهتان!» قورباغهها ابتدا از آن کندهٔ درخت ترسیدند و زیر آب رفتند. کمی که ترسشان ریخت، روی آب آمدند و دیدند که انگار آن کندهٔ درخت کاری به آنها ندارد. آهسته جلوتر
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Aesop (/ˈiːsɒp/ ee-sop; Ancient Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos, c. 620–564 BCE) was an Ancient Greek fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains uncertain and (if they ever existed) no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling trad ...more
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