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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
Paperback, 306 pages
Published April 10th 2003 by Oxford University Press (first published -564)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
1001. Aesop’s Fables, Aesopus
حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر)ادبیات
بنا به گفته «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 رساندند. «ازوپ» در سالهای قرن ششم و هفتم پیش از میلاد میزیسته، و با «کورش هخامنشی» همدوره بوده، و داستانهایش به اکثر زبانهای دنیا ترجمه شده است. اینک بازگویی يکی از آن ا
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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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Riku Sayuj
Feb 23, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing
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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Jason Koivu
Sep 21, 2016 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
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 24, 2010 Manny rated it it was amazing
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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Fabian
Sep 23, 2016 Fabian 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, class-ism... the works. Its deletion of this from the "1001 Books" List doesn't affect me, really.

My favorites include the one about the bat who denies his classification of "r
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James
Apr 13, 2015 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
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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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.
Lada
Sep 24, 2016 Lada 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
أحمد
Apr 19, 2014 أحمد 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
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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aljouharah altheeyb
Nov 30, 2014 aljouharah altheeyb rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books

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!

دخلت في موقع كورسيرا للتعلم ( https://www.coursera.org )
، وان هُنالك كورس يتكلم عن الفانتازيا وكتب الخيال العلمي ( Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World ) وكيفية “قراءة مابعد السطور” فيها وإستنتاج الحكم والعبر وحتى الرسائل الم
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Prashant
Mar 29, 2012 Prashant 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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Lauren Schumacher
May 03, 2013 Lauren Schumacher rated it really liked it
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
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.
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
Kevin Richey
Mar 16, 2009 Kevin Richey 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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Salah Eddine Ghamri
Jul 18, 2013 Salah Eddine Ghamri rated it it was amazing
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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Wanda
Jan 12, 2015 Wanda rated it liked it
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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Nina Diep Tran
Ngày còn học tiểu học, cũng có được học vài truyện ngụ ngôn hay như " Chú bé chăn cừu" biết nói dối, nhưng mà ít có cơ hội đọc thêm về mấy truyện kiểu như thế này. Hồi đó làm gì có Internet để mà tìm kiếm !
Đọc tập truyện này, thấy sao mà có những người thông minh khác người như thế, cốt truyện thì ngắn gọn, mỗi truyện chỉ có năm mười dòng mà tác giả nói hết được ý muốn nói với người đọc. Nhiều khi, mình viết, mình nói dài lê thê mấy trang giấy mà cũng chẳng diễn tả cho người khác hiểu hết ý mìn
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Steven
Feb 07, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidatheart, 1001
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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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.
Safae
Oct 28, 2011 Safae rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001, english
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
Oct 30, 2007 Taka rated it liked it
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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Tony
Jan 06, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it
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AESOP’S FABLES. (ca. 600 B.C.). Munro Leaf (trans.) & Robert Lawson (illus.) ****.
Often, during gaps of books arriving from the library, I will peruse my shelves and pick out a book that I haven’t read for many years. This edition of the Fables was published in 1941 by the Heritage Press. What makes it special is that the translation was done by Munro Leaf. Leaf was a famous writer of children’s books; his crowning achievement being “Ferdinand the Bull.” The illustrator for this edition was
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Cheryl
Jul 29, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition I enjoyed is copyright 1987, by Ward Lock Limited, Exeter Books, ISBN 0671087584.

It has a lot of fables, not just from Aesop, and plenty of full-cover plates. I wish I the artist and adapter had been credited, but though this is a very nicely designed book, it doesn't give that information.

The writing style is the kind of old-fashioned that could almost be perceived as twee, but isn't really. I really like the flavor of it, both as read to myself and as read aloud. I know nothing of
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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!
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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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