Aesops Fables

Paperback | May 17, 2008

EditorAesopTranslated byLaura Gibbs

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'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one", said the lioness, "but it is very well bred!"'The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a tongue-tied slave who miraculously received the power of speech; from his legendary storytelling came the collections ofprose and verse fables scattered throughout Greek and Roman literature. First published in English by Caxton in 1484, the fables and their morals continue to charm modern readers: who does not know the story of the tortoise and the hare, or the boy who cried wolf?This new translation is the first to represent all the main fable collections in ancient Latin and Greek, arranged according to the fables' contents and themes. It includes 600 fables, many of which come from sources never before translated into English.

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'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one", said the lioness, "but it is very well bred!"'The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written...

Laura Gibbs completed her M.Phil. in European Literature at St Antony's College, Oxford and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. She has also studied and taught at the Centre for the Study of Anthropology and the Ancient World at the University of Siena in Italy. She is currently employed ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.91 inPublished:May 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199540756

ISBN - 13:9780199540754

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The edition of Aesop to get! If you're interested in reading Aesop's Fables, Oxford's edition is the best one out there. With 600 fables, it's much fuller than other editions (nearly double what's in the Penguin Classics edition) and has an interesting and detailed introduction by Laura Gibbs. The translation is nice too: it doesn't feel bowdlerized or cleaned-up. Recommended!
Date published: 2013-02-18

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`'Laura Gibbs has recently brought out a splendid translation with a very helpful introduction of the bulk of the fables in the Oxford World's Classics.''Gabriel Josipovici, TLS