Aesop and Aesop's Fables

Aesop

Aesop (ē´səp, ē´sŏp), legendary Greek fabulist. According to Herodotus, he was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th cent. BC and eventually was freed by his master. Other accounts associate him with many wild adventures and connect him with such rulers as Solon and Croesus. The fables called Aesop's fables were preserved principally through Babrius, Phaedrus, Planudes Maximus, and La Fontaine's verse translations. The most famous of these fables include "The Fox and the Grapes" and "The Tortoise and the Hare." See fable.

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Aesop and Aesop's Fables: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Three Hundred and Fifty Aesop's Fables By Aesop; George Fyler Townsend; Harrison Weir Belford, Clarke, 1882
Children's Literature: A Reader's History, from Aesop to Harry Potter By Seth Lerer University of Chicago Press, 2008
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Ingenuity and Authority: Aesop's Fables and Their Afterlives"
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature By Humphrey Carpenter; Mari Prichard Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Aesop" begins on p. 8
The Life of Aesop and the Gospel of Mark: Two Ancient Approaches to Elite Values By Watson, David F Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 129, No. 4, Winter 2010
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Kings & Prophets: Monarchic Power, Inspired Leadership, & Sacred Text in Biblical Narrative By Cristiano Grottanelli Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "The Joseph Story and the Life of Aesop" begins on p. 148
The Quest of the Historical Gospel: Mark, John, and the Origins of the Gospel Genre By Lawrence M. Wills Routledge, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Life of Aesop and the Hero Cult Paradigm in the Gospel Tradition" and Appendix "English Translation of the Life of Aesop"
Cipion, Berganza, and the Aesopic Tradition By Carranza, Paul Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 2003
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