Three Hundred and Fifty Aesop's Fables

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THE knowledge of the Egyptians was concealed in hieroglyphics and other mysterious characters; that of the Grecians in symbols and emblematical allusions; but Æsop, having penetrated through the veil they had thrown over her, brought all their mysteries to light, and wrapped them up in fables. His life, as recorded by Planudes and other writers of antiquity, is here faithfully presented to the public.

He was born at Ammonius, in Phrygia the Greater; a town in itself obscure, though, from its being the birthplace of Æsop, might successfully have entered into competition as a rival with those cities that with a noble emulation contended for the birth of Homer.

All agree that his person was uncommonly deformed, insomuch that the Thersites of Homer seems to be but an imperfect transcript of him. His head was long, nose flat, lips thick and pendent, a hump back, and complexion dark, from which he contracted his name ( Æsopus being the same with Æthiops), large belly, and bow legs; but his greatest infirmity was, that his speech was slow, inarticulate, and very obscure. Such was the person of Æsop. But, as Nature often sets the most refulgent gems where they would be least expected, so she endowed this extraordinary man with an accomplished


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Three Hundred and Fifty Aesop's Fables
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • List of Illustrations i
  • Preface v
  • The Life of Æsop xxvii
  • The Lion and the Mouse 35
  • The Wolf and the Lamb 37
  • The Wolf and the Crane 39
  • The Cock and the Jewel 41
  • The Hare and the Tortoise 43
  • The Dog and the Shadow 45
  • The Herdsman and the Lost Bull 47
  • The Fawn and His Mother 49
  • The Ass, the Fox, and the Lion 51
  • The Tortoise and the Eagle 53
  • The Fox and the Goat 55
  • The Bear and the Two Travelers 57
  • The Dog in the Manger 59
  • The Cat and the Cock 61
  • The Lion in Love 63
  • The Frogs Asking for a King 65
  • The Laborer and the Snake 67
  • The Horse and Groom 69
  • The Oxen and the Butchers 71
  • The Mischievous Dog 73
  • The Sick Stag 75
  • The Fox Who Had Lost His Tail 77
  • The Vain Jackdaw 79
  • The Kid and the Wolf 81
  • The Ox and the Frog 83
  • The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle 85
  • The Horse and His Rider 87
  • The Vine and the Goat 89
  • The Hawk, the Kite and the Pigeons 91
  • The Two Pots 93
  • The Thief and His Mother 95
  • The Wolf and the Sheep 97
  • The Fox and the Crow 99
  • The Old Woman and the Wine-Jar 101
  • The Stag in the Ox-Stall 103
  • The Eagle and the Arrow 105
  • The Lion and the Boar 107
  • The One-Eyed Doe 109
  • The Milk-Woman and Her Pail 111
  • The Wolf and the House-Dog 113
  • The Ass Carrying the Image 115
  • The Old Hound 117
  • The Wolf and the Shepherds 119
  • The Ass and His Shadow 121
  • The Oak and the Reeds 123
  • The Fox and the Wood-Cutter 125
  • The Wolf and the Lion 127
  • The Hares and the Frogs 129
  • The Fisherman and the Little Fish 131
  • The Camel and the Arab 133
  • The Cat and the Mice 135
  • The Dog and the Cook 137
  • The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox 139
  • The Fox and the Leopard 143
  • The Bull and the Goat 145
  • The Bald Knight 147
  • The Hare and the Hound 149
  • The Hen and the Golden Eggs 151
  • The Trees and the Axe 153
  • The Bowman and Lion 155
  • The Woman and Her Hen 157
  • The Fox and the Hedgehog 159
  • The Mule 161
  • The Crow and the Pitcher 163
  • The Fox and the Grapes 165
  • The Hart and the Vine 167
  • The Kid and the Wolf 169
  • The Monkey and the Dolphin 171
  • The Horse and the Stag 173
  • The Thief and the House-Dog 175
  • The Fox and the Lion 177
  • The Boy Bathing 179
  • The Wolf and the Shepherd 181
  • The Lark and Her Young Ones 183
  • The Ass and the Wolf 185
  • The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox 187
  • The Fox and the Mask 189
  • The Wolf and the Goat 191
  • The Lion and the Three Bulls 193
  • The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse 195
  • The Geese and the Cranes 197
  • The Blind Man and the Whelp 199
  • The Wolf and the Horse 201
  • The Quack Frog 203
  • The North Wind and the Sun 205
  • The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner 209
  • The Ass in the Lion's Skin 211
  • The Man and the Satyr 213
  • The Dove and the Crow 215
  • The Eagle and the Jackdaw 217
  • The Eagle and the Fox 219
  • The Stag at the Pool 221
  • The Bitch and Her Whelps 222
  • The Dogs and the Hides 223
  • The Monkey and the Camel 225
  • The Lion and the Fox 229
  • The Ass and His Driver 231
  • The Mother and the Wolf 233
  • The Partridge and the Fowler 235
  • The Ass and the Charger 237
  • The Lamb and the Wolf 239
  • The Viper and the File 241
  • The King's Son and the Painted Lion 245
  • The Buffoon and the Countryman 249
  • The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk 253
  • Index 284


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