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Aesop: The Complete Fables

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Aesop's famous Fables are full of humour, insight and savage wit as well as many fascinating glimpses of everyday life.

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In a series of pithy, amusing vignettes, Aesop created a vivid cast of characters to demonstrate different aspects of human nature. Here we see a wily fox outwitted by a quick-thinking cicada, a tortoise triumphing over a self-confident hare and a fable-teller named Aesop silencing those who mock him. Each jewel-like fable provides a warning about the consequences of wrong-doing, as well as offering a glimpse into the everyday lives of Ancient Greeks.

"The Temples' translation not only fails to advance the field of Aesopic scholarship, but it is actually a step backwards - going back to Chambry instead of Perry, reducing the inventory of fables instead of increasing it, delimiting the historical and geographical coverage rather than expanding it. This edition might perhaps suit the needs of the general reader, but it is not even much of an improvement on Handford's reliable Fables of Aesop. It is truly a shame that this obfuscating and self-important book is now destined to replace Handford's modest and straight-forward collection of stories, which was intended specifically for the general reader - and which was much more of a pleasure to read than the Temples' new and (supposedly) definitive effort."      ~Laura Gibbs, UC Berkeley

"Ground-breaking… this version of the fables is a revelation… the translation is excellent."       ~Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph

"Many people are not in the least disturbed at the harm that befalls them, provided they can see their enemies’ downfall first."

" those who dine well off the plainest dishes, he made use of humble incidents to teach great truths, and after serving up a story he adds to it the advice to do a thing or not to do it. Then, too, he was really more attached to truth than the poets are; for the latter do violence to their own stories in order to make them probable; but he by announcing a story which everyone knows not to be true, told the truth by the very fact that he did not claim to be relating real events."        ~Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Book V:14

Author Aesop
Translator Temple, Robert
Cotranslator Temple, Olivia
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 262 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1998
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