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Aesop: An ancient author in modern times


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Aesop: An ancient author in modern times

  1. 1. AESOP AN ANCIENT AUTHOR IN MODERN TIMES Michelle Sweet Professor Elizabeth Owens English 1102
  2. 2. LIFE OF AESOP: • Thought to have lived c. 620–564 BC • A slave in samos • Must have eventually been freed, because he argued as an advocate for a wealthy Samian • Believed to have meet his death in Delphi by being thrown off a cliff • His legend began through countless interpretations of his fables • His history was recorded by Aristotle, Herodotus, Demetrius of Phalerum and other philosophers
  3. 3. AESOP’S FABLES • Have been translated into several languages • Not sure of the origination, historians Greece or Africa • Many fables were attributed to him although history can prove the stories existed before his time • Aesop himself is a story, that have been recorded in writings of Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch • Originally his fables were used for political purposes when free speech was dangerous • Now his works are used to teach morals to children
  4. 4. FABLE DEFINITION:a short story that usually is about animals and that is intended to teach a lesson
  5. 5. AESOP FAMOUS WORKS Hundreds of fables are attributed to Aesop, which is now a blanket term used to identify most fables The Ant and the Grasshopper (Moral: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity) The Fox and the Grapes (Moral: It is easy to despise what you cannot get) The Farmer and the Snake (Moral: The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful) The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Moral: A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth) The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Moral: Appearances can be deceptive)