Aesop Fables

Aesop Fables are a group of stories that is sometimes called Aesopica. They are a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave from ancient Greece.

Its thought that he lived between 620 BC and 560 BC. He was a great story teller, his Fables were thought to come from oral tales that he had heard throughout his life. These Fables were not recorded until some three centuries after he died.

George Fyler Townsend  1814–1900 translated these 350 tales into English and published the book called Aesop's Fables. Townsend added his understanding of what he thought the moral of the story was.

 Aesop Fables, were known for their teachings, because they almost alway had a moral statement at the end of the story.  If he wrote stories without a moral, what was he trying to communicate to the children.

Stories Like Aesop Fables are in the writings of almost  every culture and every country.   They have been traced back to before 1000 BC.  Fables come from folk literature that was mostly spread by word of mouth in the oral tradition. Most of the  Aesop Fables, as we know them today in this country, are from a  book named  'Aesop's Fables' published as a children's book in 1912.

One of Many Aesop Fables 

Aesop Fables - The Seller of Images  - A CERTAIN MAN made a wooden image of Mercury and offered it for sale. When no one appeared willing to buy it, in order to attract purchasers, he cried out that he had the statue to sell of a benefactor who bestowed wealth and helped to heap up riches. One of the bystanders said to him, "My good fellow, why do you sell him, being such a one as you describe, when you may yourself enjoy the good things he has to give?' "Why," he replied, "I am in need of immediate help, and he is wont to give his good gifts very slowly."

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