Aesop's Fables

Author: Aesop

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191606286

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one", said the lioness, "but it is very well bred!"' 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 published in English by Caxton in 1484, the fables and their morals continue to charm modern readers: who does not know the story of the tortoise and the hare, or the boy who cried wolf? This new translation is the first to represent all the main fable collections in ancient Latin and Greek, arranged according to the fables' contents and themes. It includes 600 fables, many of which come from sources never before translated into English. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Aesop's Fables

Author: Geraldine McCaughrean,Aesop

Publisher: Longman

ISBN: 9780582334052

Category: Fables

Page: 48

View: 6691

Part of the Pelican Big Books series, this book contains a collection of Aesop's fables. The teaching focus is on comparing and contrasting the two titles of each story and on the story themes and morals. The series has been specifically written for the shared reading part of the literacy hour and supports the genre requirements of the National Literacy Strategy.

Aesop's Fables

Author: Laura Gibbs

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192840509

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

View: 4651

A collection of familiar short moral tales.

Aesop's Fables in Latin

Ancient Wit and Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom

Author: Laura Gibbs

Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

ISBN: 0865166951

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 366

View: 8843


The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables

Author: Don Daily

Publisher: Running Press Kids

ISBN: 9780762428762

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 56

View: 3382

Get in step with the colorful animals that race, waddle, and leap through these pages! From a fast-footed monkey to a two-timing fox, each creature has a story to tell and a moral to teach. These famous tales tickle the imagination and teach simple truths, ones that children and adults face every day. Inside are twenty classic fables, including The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs, and The City Mouse and the Country Mouse. Passed from generation to generation, Aesop's best-loved fables are presented here with beautiful illustrations that bring these naughty, bold, brave, and lovable creatures to life.


The Book of India's Folk Wisdom

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199555753

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 9358

The Pancatantra is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into Western languages. No other work of Indian literature has had a greater influence on world literature, and no other collection of stories has become as popular in India itself. The Pancatantra teaches the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of animal stories, providing a window on toancient Indian society. Its positive attitude towards life and its advocacy of ambition, enterprise, and drive are a salutary antidote to the pious pronouncements about the passivity and other-worldliness of ancient Indiansociety and religion.

The Pancatantra

Author: Sarma,Visnu

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780144000715

Category: Fables, Sanskrit

Page: 453

View: 4150

The Panchatantra started travelling from the land of its origin before 570 AD, as a version in 'Pehlevi'. Since then 200 versions have been executed in 50 languages.

The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life

Author: Gordon Lindsay Campbell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199589429

Category: History

Page: 633

View: 6168

The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life is the first comprehensive guide to animals in the ancient world, encompassing all aspects of the topic by featuring authoritative chapters on 33 topics by leading scholars in their fields. Both the realities and the more theoretical aspects of the treatment of animals in ancient times are covered in chapters which explore the domestication of animals, animal husbandry, animals as pets, Aesop'sFables, and animals in classical art and comedy, all of which closely examine the nature of human-animal interaction.

Selected Dialogues

Author: Lucian,,C. D. N. Costa

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192805932

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 278

View: 9614

The Greek satirist Lucian was a brilliantly entertaining writer who invented the comic dialogue as a vehicle for satiric comment. This lively new translation is both accurate and idiomatic, and the introduction highlights Lucian's importance in his own and later times.

The McElderry book of Aesop's fables

Author: Michael Morpurgo,Aesop,Emma Chichester Clark

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 96

View: 1067

Retellings of twenty-one classic Aesop fables, including "The Hare and the Tortoise" and "Belling the Cat," in updated language.

The Orchard Book of Aesop's Fables

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: Orchard Books

ISBN: 9781843622710

Category: Animals

Page: 96

View: 9307

A timeless collection of over twenty of Aesop's best-loved fables, including favourites such as The Hare and the Tortoise, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, Dog in the Manger and The Lion and the Mouse. The tales are retold with warmth and humour by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and brought to life by Emma Chichester Clark's exquisitely playful and distinctive artwork.

Frogs and Other Plays

Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141935774

Category: Drama

Page: 288

View: 4142

The master of ancient Greek comic drama, Aristophanes combined slapstick, humour and cheerful vulgarity with acute political observations. In The Frogs, written during the Peloponnesian War, Dionysus descends to the Underworld to bring back a poet who can help Athens in its darkest hour, and stages a great debate to help him decide between the traditional wisdom of Aeschylus and the brilliant modernity of Euripides. The clash of generations and values is also the object of Aristophanes’ satire in The Wasps, in which an old-fashioned father and his loose-living son come to blows and end up in court. And in The Poet and the Women, Euripides, accused of misogyny, persuades a relative to infiltrate an all-women festival to find out whether revenge is being plotted against him.

Selected Fables

Author: Jean de La Fontaine,Christopher Betts

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199650721

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 5586

La Fontaine's witty and sophisticated animal fables are among the greatest poetic works in French. Christopher Betts's new translations match the inventiveness of the original. This generous selection, including half of the originals, is accompanied by superb illustrations by Gustave Doré, a contextualizing introduction and other features.


Author: Apollodorus

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mythology, Greek

Page: 546

View: 1226

Griekse tekst en Engelse vertaling van een uit de eerste eeuw voor Chr. daterende samenvatting van de Griekse mythologie


Author: Omar Khayyam

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732681661

Category: Fiction

Page: 52

View: 6129

Reproduction of the original: Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam

Aesopic Conversations

Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose

Author: Leslie Kurke

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400836567

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 504

View: 9864

Examining the figure of Aesop and the traditions surrounding him, Aesopic Conversations offers a portrait of what Greek popular culture might have looked like in the ancient world. What has survived from the literary record of antiquity is almost entirely the product of an elite of birth, wealth, and education, limiting our access to a fuller range of voices from the ancient past. This book, however, explores the anonymous Life of Aesop and offers a different set of perspectives. Leslie Kurke argues that the traditions surrounding this strange text, when read with and against the works of Greek high culture, allow us to reconstruct an ongoing conversation of "great" and "little" traditions spanning centuries. Evidence going back to the fifth century BCE suggests that Aesop participated in the practices of nonphilosophical wisdom (sophia) while challenging it from below, and Kurke traces Aesop's double relation to this wisdom tradition. She also looks at the hidden influence of Aesop in early Greek mimetic or narrative prose writings, focusing particularly on the Socratic dialogues of Plato and the Histories of Herodotus. Challenging conventional accounts of the invention of Greek prose and recognizing the problematic sociopolitics of humble prose fable, Kurke provides a new approach to the beginnings of prose narrative and what would ultimately become the novel. Delving into Aesop, his adventures, and his crafting of fables, Aesopic Conversations shows how this low, noncanonical figure was--unexpectedly--central to the construction of ancient Greek literature. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

Flora of Middle-Earth

Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium

Author: Walter S. Judd,Graham A. Judd

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190276339

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 5276

Few settings in literature are as widely known or celebrated as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. The natural landscape plays a major role in nearly all of Tolkien's major works, and readers have come to view the geography of this fictional universe as integral to understanding and enjoying Tolkien's works. And in laying out this continent, Tolkien paid special attention to its plant life; in total, over 160 plants are explicitly mentioned and described as a part of Middle-Earth. Nearly all of these plants are real species, and many of the fictional plants are based on scientifically grounded botanic principles. In Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien's Legendarium, botanist Walter Judd gives a detailed species account of every plant found in Tolkien's universe, complete with the etymology of the plant's name, a discussion of its significance within Tolkien's work, a description of the plant's distribution and ecology, and an original hand-drawn illustration by artist Graham Judd in the style of a woodcut print. Among the over three-thousand vascular plants Tolkien would have seen in the British Isles, the authors show why Tolkien may have selected certain plants for inclusion in his universe over others, in terms of their botanic properties and traditional uses. The clear, comprehensive alphabetical listing of each species, along with the visual identification key of the plant drawings, adds to the reader's understanding and appreciation of the Tolkien canon.