The Main Editions of Aesops Fables William Caxtons Subtyl Historyes and Fables of Esope: 12 editions between 1484 and 1676, with 167 fables. William Barretts Fables of Aesop, With His Whole Life: 18 editions between 1639 and 1721, with 213 fables. Roger LEstranges Fables of Aesop and other Eminent Mythologists: nine editions between 1692 and 1740, with 500 fables. The Rev. Samuel Croxalls Fables of Aesop and Others: 47 editions between 1722 and 1865, with 196 fables. The Rev. Thomas Jamess Aesops Fables: A New Version: 30 editions between 1848 and 1912, with 203 fables. The Rev. George Fyler Townsends Three Hundred Aesops Fables (later, Three Hundred Fifty): 20 editions between 1867 and 1911. Joseph Jacobss The Fables of Aesop: 33 editions between 1894 and 1967, with 82 fables. V.S. Vernon Joness Aesops Fables: 18 editions between 1912 and 1994, with 284 fables. Olivia and Robert Temples The Complete Fables: published in 1998 with 350 fables.
Aesop 620 B.C.E. – 560 B.C.E. The first known use of Aesop’s Fables printed for a children’s audience was when Lorenzo De Medici commissioned a special volume of Aesop’s Fables for his young son Piero in 1480.
Interesting Quotes about Aesop’s Fables According to “Aesop’s Fables for Adults,” by Kenneth Cooper, “As an adult reader renews his acquaintance with the fables, he soon discovers that in Aesop’s world, virtue by no means always reaped it’s just reward.” (144) Robert Temple and his wife Olivia published, “The Complete Fables” in 1998 after they found “some ribald original tales they found in a 1927 Greek- language text.” (“Aesop”)
The Man and the SerpentIn this fable a man steps on the tail of a snake andthe snake strikes a mortal blow. The father of theman then chops off the tail of the snake and forrevenge the snake starts killing the father’s cattle.The father then wants to agree to a truce to whichthe snake say’s neither would be able to forgive.The moral of the story is “injuries may be forgivenbut not forgotten,” sounds more like don’t forgiveand continue to hold a grudge.
The Fox and the CraneA fox invites a crane over for dinner and serves thecrane food on a shallow dish making it very difficultfor the crane to eat. To get back at the fox the craneinvites the fox over and puts his dinner in a long jarmaking it impossible for the fox to get to the food.The moral of the story could be interpreted as treatpeople like you want to be treated but it seems tome like this fable is teaching just the opposite;revenge.
Lloyd W. Daly, author of Aesop withoutMorals: The Famous Fables and a Life of Aesop (1961)“Aesopic fables have been pap for children inschools for so many hundreds of years that it isperhaps difficult to think of them in any other light,but the cynical vein of the stories themselves runsso strong that it must be obvious they were notintended for the education of youth.” (qtd. in“Aesop’s Fables”)
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