He may have lived, in slavery, over 2500 years ago, but many of Aesop's Fables have stood the test of time.
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They were written in Greek. They spoke to an ancient time. But, impressively, some of their truths still hold.
In particular, because the characters are mostly animals, Aesop's work speaks to children. That can make them an excellent tool for moral education.
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On this page, you'll see some of Aesop's most famous fables listed by title. But since a parent or teacher looking for a fable to share with a child might be more interested in the message , click to the page where we list Aesop's fables by moral.
I endeavor to present these fables in the most useful way I can. The most common translations are over 100 years old, usually by either Reverend George Fyler Townsend or Ambrose Bierce.
I've taken it upon myself to "translate the translations," doing my best to make them speak to today.
You may want to bookmark this page (I'll keep adding fables over time) or purchase a copy of Aesop's Fables for your home.
Aesop's most popular fables, listed by title:
And isn't this interesting...
17th century French poet Jean de la Fontaine took many of fables of Aesop's and turned them into rhyming poems. The English translations are sometimes a challenge for modern readers, but well worth the trouble. They're a good deal more complex than the fables, in a good and often funny way.
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