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Aesop's Fables

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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
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Published April 10th 2003 by Oxford University Press (first published -560)
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Riku Sayuj
Feb 23, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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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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Manny
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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James
The Rabbit and The Python

There once was a Rabbit who wrote a Goodreads review for every book he read. Having just finished another book, he was now in front of the computer, scratching his head, thinking what to write. Meanwhile, a Python came along and wrapped his tail quite quietly and softly round the Rabbit’s legs, more like a heating blanket than a deadly embrace. Having made his approach, the Python then glanced over the rabbit’s shoulder and, reading the fragment there, said, ‘What you ha
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Ahmad Sharabiani
1001. Aesop’s Fables, Aesopus
حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر)ادبیات
بنا به گفته «هرودوت»، «ازوپ» بردهای از اهالی «سارد» بوده است. افسانههایی تعریف کرده که منشأ تعداد بی شماری از امثال و حکم شده است. «ازوپ» دارای سیصد و چهار افسانه است. «ازوپ» در یونان غلامی زرخرید بوده که بعدها صاحبش او را آزاد کرد، و «دلفی»ها او را به قتل رساندند. «ازوپ» در سالهای قرن ششم پیش از میلاد میزیسته، و با «کورش هخامنشی» هم دوره بوده است. داستانهای او به اکثر زبانهای دنیا ترجمه شده است. و يکی از آن افسانه ها..
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أحمد
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
aljouharah altheeyb

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
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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Lauren Schumacher
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
Kevin Richey
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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Salah Eddine Ghamri
Now i know the origin of all my favorite stories
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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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
Wanda
Wow, was this collection of the Fables different from what I remember reading as a child. As the translator points out, we now think of fables as children’s literature, but they were originally meant for an adult audience and it certainly shows in this volume. There are a few rude and crude fables and a small selection of humourous fables.

As a farm child, I was always excited when we received a new box of books in the mail from the University of Alberta through their library extension program. I
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Steven
Read this book and remember all the life lessons you learned as a little kid and should remember as an adult:

Hard work pays off (Farmer and his Sons); don’t lie (Boy and the Wolf); there is a time for work and a time for play (Ant and Grasshopper); some people can’t change (Wolf and the Shepherd); ability is not judged by size (Mouse and the Lion); greed is bad (Goose that Laid the Golden Egg); careful the company you keep (Farmer and the Stork); things get less scary with time (Fox and the Lion
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Safae
Some books remind me that English is not my native language, that there are plenty of words that i don't know , that there is still so much i cannot understand, this book was definitely one of them.
It's usual for me to use a dictionary, or a translator , whenever i read English books, but at some extent , it just gets boring, and i become incapable of remembering half of the words and i start forgetting the meaning of half the others as soon as i close the book , or the computer on my case.
The t
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Taka
A delightful quick read, but repetitive at times--

This collection of Aesop's fables contains 600 fables, including the classic fables known universally like the boy who cried wolf, the north wind and the sun, the tortoise and the hare, and the ant and the cricket. Never for once was I bored plowing through all 600 fables in 2.5 days, although there were a number of repetitive fables that could have been better consigned to an appendix section or something.

Though simple, short, and overtly corny,
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Travelling Sunny
350+ pages of this:

There once was a reader whose habit it was to collect new stories. But, after many years, she chose to partake of an old story. "I know this one!", she would think to herself as each of the fables unfolded. Then, the stereotyped animal would die and she would gain a new (morbid, but morally educational) ending for an old story.

Moral: You don't really know the story until you've read the book.
Bookworm Sean
This is full of many common places acronyms that are unconsciously imbedded into everyday speech. It’s amusing to learn where these came from and how long they’ve been around!
Lauren Hendricks
Aesop's Fables--a timeless classic that I had no idea was such a big part of main stream culture. I had heard the title countless times but never taken the time to actually discover what was behind that title. I was so surprised to find the wise adages that I grew up with embedded in clever fables. Some of these fables are as colloquial as their lessons, such as The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Some fables were new to me such as The Boastful Traveler. I sat down and read al ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
I like stories when philosophical truths and observations are bent to stories, so simple, that they can be attractive to both children and grown up. Aesop's fables pass this test. They are so simple that one is bound to have come across at least some of them, such as the fox and grapes; the hen that gave golden eggs; the lion and hare; who shall bell the cat etc.
A Fable is a short but real narrative; it will seek, to convey a hidden meaning, and that not so much by the use of language, as by the
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Jennifer
A fascinating read. Like most people, I have read a few of these fables, and heard a few more. They are quick and fun to read, and any one of them could spark a fascinating discussion.

For example--the King of the Frogs: The frogs ask for a king, and are given a piece of wood. After a time, they complain that the wood does nothing, and are given a crocodile instead, who eats them. The moral: better a do-nothing ruler than an evil tyrant.

Does this lesson still apply today? Has our complex system o
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Lindsay
Aesop's fables are still around today because of their message, not the storytelling quality. They translate well into the digital age not least as a tool in powerpoint presentations to distract people from the dubiousness of your research, and in backing up tenuous arguments on internet forums.
Aesop's comfort with doling out seemingly contradictory morals from story to story never fails to reassure me, befitting the messy world we live in. There are several handy resources available which compl
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Elinor  Loredan
Every story is innovative and contains a bit of truth worth considering, bringing many chuckles and sighs of sympathy and appreciation from me. Though a few don't match up, I like the applications at the end of the stories, which include tragedy, triumph, humor,cunning, goodness, and earnestness. I don't know why these are often pegged as children's literature when they were originally intended, by Aesop, for adults, contain subtle profundity, and can be quite grim.

Favorites:

Mercury and the Woo
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Steven
What I liked about revisiting Aesop's Fables is that the fables often tickle my funny bone. The idea of animals of various species interacting with one another as if they were humans is often pretty amusing. Each of the fables has a little message to convey, and sometimes the messages are wise and practical, but other times they are questionable and even offer poor, self-limiting advice. Often these messages are of the simplistic variety along the lines of "never bite off more than you can chew" ...more
Brittany (brittanymariereads)
I'm struggling to review this book. It just wasn't what I was expecting. It is a series of paragraph long anecdotes that are meant to teach morals. Some were interesting, most were not. Just because a book is very, very old doesn't mean it should be a classic.
John Yelverton
Without a doubt some of the best fables that you will ever read, and they will quite probably change your life.
Annie Zole
I love all these stories and still reference them today (Especially the one about the crow and the grapes)
Yann
Quel magnifique trésor nous ont laissé les anciens! Ces Fables sont de petites merveilles.
Martin Kurniadi
When I went to the bookstore and confused as to what books I'm going to buy, I stumbled upon this book.
The book, standing with its title showing between the other books, stared at me wholeheartedly, using its magical invisible wand to charm my attention, as I mechanically picked up the book.

I was looking for Fable stories, and the book was cheap, like it wanted to give me all the wisdom it had for free, and it was right. It's a hit-on.

There are so many morals you could find in the book, a bible
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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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