Aesop was an ancient Greek citizen.<br />He is thought to have lived around 500 BC.<br />He was born a slave and was owned by two different masters before gaining freedom for his intelligence<br />Aesop was executed after being accused of stealing a gold bowl from the King of Delphi.<br />Who is Aesop?<br />
Greece is a country on the continent of Europe.<br />The capital of Greece is Athens.<br />It is largely made up of mountains and contains a lot of islands.<br />Greece has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers.<br />Background:<br />Greece<br />
Aesop’s Fables<br />Aesop told his fables as he went from place to place; he became a very famous storyteller.<br />He has been given credit for hundreds of fables, but he probably didn’t write them all.<br />Fable: a short story, typically with animals, that relates a moral or lesson.<br />
All of the fables we will read in class are classified as Aesop’s Fables.<br />One of Aesop’s most famous fables is The Tortoise and the Hare.<br />Most of Aesop’s Fables use animals as the main characters.<br />No one knows if Aesop everwrote any of his fables down,but others who heard them began to publish the stories.<br />Aesop’s fables <br />
Aesop’s famous fable:The Tortoise and the Hare<br />We will be reading this fable in class, but here will we analyze the structure to show the common features of an Aesopian fable.<br />Characters: 2 main; a tortoise and a hare<br />Personification <br />Length: short; about 2-3 paragraphs maximum<br />Actual length depends on the version<br />Moral: clearly shown; “slow and steady wins the race”<br />The moral is often what you will remember.<br />
Fables:Aesop’s or not?<br />Take a look at the fables below -- not all of them are Aesop’s!<br />
There are many places to find Aesop’s fables, and many have been given a modern twist.<br />The University of Massachusetts has an art class that has been working since 1994 to illustrate many fables in a modern setting.<br />Walt Disney even released an animated version of Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare!<br />Where are Aesop’s fables today?<br />
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