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Since 1923 the Sammlung Tusculum has published authoritative editions of Greek and Latin works together with a German translation. The original texts are comprehensively annotated, and feature an introductory chapter. In the new volumes, additional essays delve into specific aspects of the works, illuminating their historical context and reception to the present day. The h Since 1923 the Sammlung Tusculum has published authoritative editions of Greek and Latin works together with a German translation. The original texts are comprehensively annotated, and feature an introductory chapter. In the new volumes, additional essays delve into specific aspects of the works, illuminating their historical context and reception to the present day. The high academic quality of the new editions together with clearly written essays and annotations make the Sammlung Tusculum essential reading for students who are discovering an ancient author for the first time as well as professional scholars who would like to gain a deeper understanding of specific aspects of a given work. Moreover, the series is ideal for lay readers who would like to engage with antiquity through a reliable German translation. The series contains over 270 titles, available in print and eBook editions, making previously out-of-print titles and rarities available again for the first time. In order to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the series, De Gruyter is proud to present Tusculum Online, an eBook package which contains all titles that appeared between 1923 and 2013 - a fitting tribute to an important part of German publishing history. For more information, please see www.degruyter.com/tusculum


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Since 1923 the Sammlung Tusculum has published authoritative editions of Greek and Latin works together with a German translation. The original texts are comprehensively annotated, and feature an introductory chapter. In the new volumes, additional essays delve into specific aspects of the works, illuminating their historical context and reception to the present day. The h Since 1923 the Sammlung Tusculum has published authoritative editions of Greek and Latin works together with a German translation. The original texts are comprehensively annotated, and feature an introductory chapter. In the new volumes, additional essays delve into specific aspects of the works, illuminating their historical context and reception to the present day. The high academic quality of the new editions together with clearly written essays and annotations make the Sammlung Tusculum essential reading for students who are discovering an ancient author for the first time as well as professional scholars who would like to gain a deeper understanding of specific aspects of a given work. Moreover, the series is ideal for lay readers who would like to engage with antiquity through a reliable German translation. The series contains over 270 titles, available in print and eBook editions, making previously out-of-print titles and rarities available again for the first time. In order to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the series, De Gruyter is proud to present Tusculum Online, an eBook package which contains all titles that appeared between 1923 and 2013 - a fitting tribute to an important part of German publishing history. For more information, please see www.degruyter.com/tusculum

30 review for Fabeln: Griechisch - Deutsch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    1001. Aesop’s Fables = The Aesopica, Aesopus Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media. حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: 1001. Aesop’s Fables = The Aesopica, Aesopus Aesop's Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media. حکایتهای ازوپ - ازوپ (هرمس، زوار، اساطیر) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی ام ماه آگوست سال 1982 میلادی عنوان: افسانه های ازوپ؛ داستانسرای یونانی؛ نویسنده: ازوپ؛ ترجمه و تحشیه: علی اصغر حلبی؛ تهران، اساطیر، 1373؛ در 291 ص؛ موضوع: افسانه های ازوپ - قرن 7 پیش از میلاد بنا به گفته ی «هرودوت»: «ازوپ» برده‌ ای از اهالی «سارد» بوده است. افسانه‌ هایی تعریف کرده که منشأ تعداد بی شماری از امثال و حکم شده است. «ازوپ» دارای سیصد و چهار افسانه است، او در یونان غلامی زرخرید بوده، که بعدها صاحبش او را آزاد کرده است، و «دلفی‌»ها او را به قتل رساندند. «ازوپ» در سال‌های قرن ششم و هفتم پیش از میلاد می‌زیسته، و با «کورش هخامنشی» همدوره بوده، و داستان‌هایش به اکثر زبان‌های دنیا ترجمه شده است. اینک بازگویی يکی از آن افسانه ها: روبهی، آتش جوعش، جان او را به لب رسانده، و پرده ی صبرش را از هم گسلانده، خسته و درمانده به تاکی رسید، که انگورهای سیاه و رسیده از شاخه‌ های آن آویخته، و بیتابی بر دل روباه ریخته. خواست تا خوشه‌ ای برچیند، و به تناول بنشیند. به هر حیلتی دست یازید، کارگر نیفتاد. درخت به غایت بلند بود، و روبه به نهایت کوتاه. عاقبت مستأصل گشت. پس راه پیش گرفت، و در آن حال استیصال، تسکین خاطر مسکین خود را می‌گفت: «انگورها، چنانکه گمان می‌بردم، شیرین نبودند». داستان منجم: «منجمی را عادت چنان بود که هر شامگاه، چون قرص خورشید به چاهسار مغرب فرو می‌شد، به طلب علم از سرای خویش به صحرای بی‌ تشویش روان می‌شد و در ظلمت شب، نور معرفت می‌جست. در دامن دشت به تماشای آسمان مشغول می‌شد و در بحر نجوم مستغرق می‌گشت. شبی نیز بنا به عادت مألوف سر به بیابان نهاد و در خلوت، کار خویش از سر گرفت. همچنان که گام برمی‌داشت، چشم بر نیلگونه آسمان دوخته بود و در حریم ملکوت سیر می‌کرد. سودای سقف سیاهش چنان سرمست کرده بود که از آنچه زیر بام بلند و بیکران آسمان دشت می‌گذشت، غافل بود. از قضا عنان از دست بداد و به چاهی ژرف درافتاد، آنچنان که جراحاتی سخت برداشت و فریادش از زمین بر آسمان رفت. رهگذری صدایش بشنید، او را بشناخت و نزدیک آمد. چون در چاهش دید و در حال تباه او تأمل کرد، گفت: چون است که تو را ز اوج افلاک آگهی است و بر پست خاک ندانی که چیست؟». داستان زاغ و روباه: زاغی که پاره‌ ای گوشت به منقار گرفته بود، بر شاخه ی درختی بنشست. روباهی که از آن حوالی می‌گذشت، زاغ را دید و طمع در طعمه ی او بست. پس برای تصاحب گوشت، به نیرنگ متوسل شد و نزد زاغ رفت. او را آواز داد و گفت: «زاغ به راستی چه پرنده ی خوش خط و خال و زیبایی است. خوش‌ اندامی و تناسب پر و بالش چنان است که سیمرغ نیز پیش جمال او زشت می‌نماید. کاش صدای او نیز خوش‌آهنگ بود که اگر چنین می‌شد، او را بحق ملکه‌ الطیور می‌خواندند». زاغ چون این شنید، خواست قارقار کند و صوت خود آشکار سازد که طعمه از دهانش فرو افتاد. روباه که انتظار همین لحظه را می‌کشید، جستی زد و لخت گوشت به چنگال گرفت. آنگاه رو به زاغ کرد و چنین گفت: «آه! زاغک ساده و بینوای من! عیب در صدای تو نیست. اشکال در شعور توست که تجلیل از تزویر باز نمی‌شناسد.» برخی منابع ازوپ را با لقمان حکیم یکی دانسته‌ اند. داستان‌های ایشان به بیشتر زبان‌های دنیا ترجمه شده و شاعر توانای ایرانی ناصرخسرو قبادیانی، چندی از افسانه‌ های ایشان را به نظم آورده است، مانند: روزی ز سر سنگ عقابی به هوا خاست...؛ مولانا جلال‌الدین رومی نیز برخی از داستان‌های پندآموز «ازوپ» را در مثنوی به شعر سروده است: داستان به شکار رفتن شیر و گرگ و...؛ کلاغی که با پر طاووس...؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Huda Yahya

    يقال إن هذه الحكايات حكايات شعبية يونانية جمعت ووضعت تحت إسم مؤلف متخيل أسموه أيسوب ربما بنفس الطريق التي راح بها الأخوين جريم يجمعان الفولكلور الألماني ووضعوه في قصصهم الخرافيةالأشهر ولكن هناك فريق آخر يرى أن أيسوب شخصية حقيقية وأن هذه القصص فعلا من تأليفه وبغض النظر عن الحقيقة فالحكايات هنا مثلها مثل كليلة ودمنة تميل إلى كونها مواعظ وحكم ذلات دلالات أخلاقية كما أنها تدور على ألسنة الحيوانات وهي أيضا قصيرة نسبيا جزء آخر من تراث الإنسانية الذي علينا جميعا التعرف عليه : : أحب هذه القصة كثيرا فهي خالدة ما دام يقال إن هذه الحكايات حكايات شعبية يونانية جمعت ووضعت تحت إسم مؤلف متخيل أسموه أيسوب ربما بنفس الطريق التي راح بها الأخوين جريم يجمعان الفولكلور الألماني ووضعوه في قصصهم الخرافيةالأشهر ولكن هناك فريق آخر يرى أن أيسوب شخصية حقيقية وأن هذه القصص فعلا من تأليفه وبغض النظر عن الحقيقة فالحكايات هنا مثلها مثل كليلة ودمنة تميل إلى كونها مواعظ وحكم ذلات دلالات أخلاقية كما أنها تدور على ألسنة الحيوانات وهي أيضا قصيرة نسبيا جزء آخر من تراث الإنسانية الذي علينا جميعا التعرف عليه : : أحب هذه القصة كثيرا فهي خالدة ما دام للدنيا وجود : ذات يوم وجدت الدجاجه بيض أفعى فاحتظنته ورقدت عليه ليظل في جو دافيء وكان السنونو يراقبها فقال لها: ماذا تفعلين يا حمقاء؟؟..... لماذا تربين مخلوقات سوف تكونين أنت نفسك عندما تكبر أول ضحاياها..؟.. --آه والنبي ياشيخة لمااااااذا--

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    How often in life these little fables come up and we forget their original (or semi-original) source. Thousands of years old... parables told over and over again, then written down. What do they really mean, you can ask yourself these questions over and over again and have a different answer each time. Take the "Tortoise and the Hare" as an example: Is it always true that slow and steady wins the race. Is that really what the story says? Could it be a broad theory that is subject to individual o How often in life these little fables come up and we forget their original (or semi-original) source. Thousands of years old... parables told over and over again, then written down. What do they really mean, you can ask yourself these questions over and over again and have a different answer each time. Take the "Tortoise and the Hare" as an example: Is it always true that slow and steady wins the race. Is that really what the story says? Could it be a broad theory that is subject to individual opinion based on the depth of the incident being cited? Is steady better than quick? Which is truly smarter? If nothing else, it serves as an educational baseline of sorts... a place to start... with morals and the question of "what if" with children's thirsty minds. But how many of us really know anything about Aesop? :) About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookdragon Sean

    Aesop wrote many intelligent fables in here, and some are real life lessons. One of the most famous, and also the one I take the most from, is The Hare and the Tortoise. We all know the story and the maxim: slow and steady wins the race. Being arrogant and fast isn’t all that. I remember reading this at school for the first time when I was around five to six years old, and somehow, it stuck with me. I always take the tortoise approach in life whether it be writing essays or training for marathon Aesop wrote many intelligent fables in here, and some are real life lessons. One of the most famous, and also the one I take the most from, is The Hare and the Tortoise. We all know the story and the maxim: slow and steady wins the race. Being arrogant and fast isn’t all that. I remember reading this at school for the first time when I was around five to six years old, and somehow, it stuck with me. I always take the tortoise approach in life whether it be writing essays or training for marathons. I take things at my own pace, and do things in my own time. It's the best way. In terms of general readability though, I did find some of these very repetitive. It’s not the sort of thing you read a lot of at once, as it all blurs into one. It’s best to take your time and read a few a day or perhaps just pick out a handful that you think will appeal to you. For every decent one I read, I read two that were a bit pointless. It’s very hit and miss.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

    AESOP'S ECHOES It is amazing how so many popular references and common senses are found here. Aesop finds his echoes throughout the high flying philosophers and through the earthy grandmothers, not only engrafted into the literature of the civilized world, but familiar as household words in daily conversation of peoples, across borders. It is all pervading. And to top it off, such great pleasure too. Wisdom, and simplicity, and entertainment - through unforgettable stories - what more could be a AESOP'S ECHOES It is amazing how so many popular references and common senses are found here. Aesop finds his echoes throughout the high flying philosophers and through the earthy grandmothers, not only engrafted into the literature of the civilized world, but familiar as household words in daily conversation of peoples, across borders. It is all pervading. And to top it off, such great pleasure too. Wisdom, and simplicity, and entertainment - through unforgettable stories - what more could be asked? Aesop: The Origins The most famous of Greek poets, Aesop was born about the year 620 B.C., by birth a slave. He was owned by two masters in succession, and won his freedom from the latter, as a reward for his learning and wit. As a freedman in the ancient republics of Greece, Aesop now had the privilege and the permission to take an active interest in public affairs; and Aesop, raised himself to a position of high renown - a political ambassador of sorts. In his desire alike to instruct and to be instructed, he travelled through many countries. And in his discharge of his commissions, is said to have, by the narration of some of his wise fables, reconciled the inhabitants of those cities to the administration of their times. Here we can detect and understand some of the common themes that run through these fables - those of keeping to one’s appointed place/station, the utility of inherent strengths which might not be easily visible and of the perils of overreaching. These, and other, but still few, simple strands of wisdom is reinforced again and again in different situations - which is the essence of the craft of a fabulist. Aesop: The Fabulous Fabulist The Fable, like any Tale, will contain a short but real narrative; it will seek, like any Parable, to convey a hidden meaning, but by the skillful introduction of fictitious characters; and it will always keep in view, as its high prerogative, and inseparable attribute, the great purpose of instruction, and will necessarily seek to inculcate some moral maxim, social duty, or political truth. And yet, even when trying to realize profound human truths through itself, it so conceals its design under the disguise of fictitious characters, by clothing with speech the animals of the field, the birds of the air, the trees of the wood, or the beasts of the forest, that the reader shall receive advice without perceiving the presence of the adviser. Thus the superiority of the counsellor, which often renders counsel unpalatable, is kept out of view, and the lesson comes with the greater acceptance when the reader is led, unconsciously to himself, to have his sympathies enlisted in behalf of what is pure, honorable, and praiseworthy, and to have his indignation excited against what is low, ignoble, and unworthy.  This format also required the fabulist to keep a unity of character throughout - The introduction of the animals as characters should be marked with an unexceptionable care and attention to their natural attributes, and to the qualities attributed to them by universal popular consent. The Fox should be always cunning, the Hare timid, the Lion bold, the Wolf cruel, the Bull strong, the Horse proud, and the Ass patient, even as they are made to depict the motives and passions of men. Aesop’s fables achieve this unity and consistency so throughly that now they have passed into popular consciousness. Indeed, we can even assert that these animals, as we know them today, were created in these Fables! Aesop: The Companion Aesop's Fables are valuable companions. These stories pack much distilled wisdom in them and can be employed with great effect. It is said that a few good stories are better moral equipment than the best tracts of philosophers. Even Socrates is mentioned by Plato as having employed his time while in prison, awaiting the return of the sacred ship from Delphos which was to be the signal of his death, in turning some of these fables into verse from what he had committed to memory over his long lifetime. Socrates, like Aesop, understood that we are all moralists, seeking the human judgements that inform ours, and other’s actions. But morality forced down by edict can be very forbidding. This forbidding notion of morality was what inspired the philosopher Bertrand Russell to remark that the Ten Commandments ought to come with the sort of rubric which is sometimes to be found on examination papers of ten questions: ‘Only six need be attempted’. It is noteworthy that Socrates tried to emulate in his own teaching method the technique of the great fabulist - of letting the listener arrive at his own conclusions, or at any rate, avoiding the biggest pitfall any teacher can fall into - of being perceived as a moral superior. In how Socrates shaped up as a teacher, we can very well see why the most earthy and yet the loftiest of philosophers considered Aesop’s fables to be masterpieces, a constant source of companionship and teaching - and also a manual on teaching well. We would be well served to do the same.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fabian

    I must admit that at this time some of these tales fell flat & are as antiquarian as... Carriages? Shepherds? But still, some of them are cynical enough to strike my fancy, and most of them end with a little innocent critter dying and learning a mistake way too late--all so that we can benefit. There is misogyny, racism, class-ism... the works. Its deletion of this from the "1001 Books" List doesn't affect me (or you), really. My favorites include the one about the bat who denies his classific I must admit that at this time some of these tales fell flat & are as antiquarian as... Carriages? Shepherds? But still, some of them are cynical enough to strike my fancy, and most of them end with a little innocent critter dying and learning a mistake way too late--all so that we can benefit. There is misogyny, racism, class-ism... the works. Its deletion of this from the "1001 Books" List doesn't affect me (or you), really. My favorites include the one about the bat who denies his classification of "rat" when captured by a hound and of "bird" when caught by a cat-- escaping twice with his life (Hey--I must admit that travelling in Europe as a Mexican has many more perks (like others' attitude and treatment of you) than travelling as an American. Like Also, the stupid girl who dreams while a pail of water atop her head tumbles, ruining those aforementioned fantasies (silly, stupid girl!) is likewise a winner. However, it is not but the story of rabid rage and ire, about the bee stinging the cobra's hood who then crushes both the bee & its own head under the wheel of a wagon to get her revenge no matter the price that really made me grin. That one's absolutely Shakespearean!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    These moral lessons were my bible. ...when I wasn't made to learn my bible as a kid. The other day I realized I didn't know all of Aesop's Fables. Certainly I've read a few and heard many more, but I'd never sat down and read the whole thing. So I rectified that. Now I can see why some of the lesser known fables are lesser known. Not every one of these often-anthropomorphic tales of animals wise and woeful is a winner. None are terrible, but every once in a while one of them doesn't quite resinate. These moral lessons were my bible. ...when I wasn't made to learn my bible as a kid. The other day I realized I didn't know all of Aesop's Fables. Certainly I've read a few and heard many more, but I'd never sat down and read the whole thing. So I rectified that. Now I can see why some of the lesser known fables are lesser known. Not every one of these often-anthropomorphic tales of animals wise and woeful is a winner. None are terrible, but every once in a while one of them doesn't quite resinate. A Cock is walking around the farm and sees a pearl. He excitedly picks it up. The other cocks laugh. "You may have a treasure," one says, "but I'd rather have corn any day." Moral: The ignorant despise what is precious only because they cannot understand it. However, most of them knock the moral lesson right out of the park and make for a solid basis of wisdom with which to live a decent life by. The Tortoise and the Hare - Slow and steady wins the race. The Crow and the Pitcher - Use your wits. Belling the Cat - Saying you'll do something is one thing, doing it is quite another. The Ants and the Grasshopper - Work before play. The Young Crab and His Mother - Lead by example. There's others about humility and being a good person to your fellow man, but I'm not awake right now and can't seem to find them online. Trust me, they're there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    I was looking for a Christmas present for my nephew the other day when I noticed an edition of Aesop's Fables in Blackwells. I had a copy myself when I was a kid, and it was one of my favourite books. I can't guess how many times I read it. Thinking about it now, it surprises me to realise how fresh and up-to-date it still feels. Most of the stuff from that period is starting to slip away; most people don't read the Bible any more, or Homer, or Euripides, or Seneca. Obviously, they're still ackno I was looking for a Christmas present for my nephew the other day when I noticed an edition of Aesop's Fables in Blackwells. I had a copy myself when I was a kid, and it was one of my favourite books. I can't guess how many times I read it. Thinking about it now, it surprises me to realise how fresh and up-to-date it still feels. Most of the stuff from that period is starting to slip away; most people don't read the Bible any more, or Homer, or Euripides, or Seneca. Obviously, they're still acknowledged as timeless classics, but an effort is required. Our culture has moved on, not necessarily in a good way. But Aesop's Fables doesn't require effort. It could have been composed yesterday. I can easily see him as a Goodreads contributor, posting a story every now and then and picking up plenty of votes. He'd fit right in and be one of the most popular people on the site. At age eight, I got nearly all the stories, but there were a couple that puzzled me. If you happen to be a precocious kid, I'd be curious to know what you make of the following, which I only figured out much later:The Woman and the Wine-Jar A woman is walking along one day when she finds an empty wine-jar. She picks it up and sniffs it appreciatively. "Ah!" she sighs. "What you must have been in your prime, when the very dregs of you are so lovely!"

  9. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    My colleague S, with whom I'm currently doing a project involving Italian, lent me this book so that I could improve my shaky grasp of her language. I was pleased to find that I could understand quite a lot of it! The high point was discovering an Aesop's Fable that I hadn't previously come across: The Frogs and the Well Some frogs lived happily in a puddle. Then summer arrived; as one hot day succeeded another, the puddle shrank until it disappeared altogether. The frogs had no choice but to seek My colleague S, with whom I'm currently doing a project involving Italian, lent me this book so that I could improve my shaky grasp of her language. I was pleased to find that I could understand quite a lot of it! The high point was discovering an Aesop's Fable that I hadn't previously come across: The Frogs and the Well Some frogs lived happily in a puddle. Then summer arrived; as one hot day succeeded another, the puddle shrank until it disappeared altogether. The frogs had no choice but to seek a new home. They hopped painfully along, but everywhere they went they found dried-up ponds and empty river beds. Finally they came to a well. Looking down the deep shaft, they saw water at the bottom. "We're saved!" croaked one frog. "Let's jump in now!" "Wait a moment," said his less impulsive friend. "What will we do if this one also dries up?"

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    The world of fables for the west really originated with the slave Aesop and this marvellous collection of stories. In France, La Fontaine would probably never have existed had Aesop not existed. The fairy tales of Grimm and Andersson similarly drew inspiration from Aesop. The most famous of course is the eternal Tortoise and the Hare, but don't stop there as there are amazing tales here with philosophical and moral messages that transcend the ages.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mohadese

    افسانه ها نشان می دهد که ازوپ مردی زشت و بد شکل بود روزگار درازیست که میان پژوهشگران خاور و باختر این بحث جریان دارد که ازوپ کیست؟ و لقمان کدام است؟ برخی از آنها گفته اند هر دو آنها یک شخصیت است زیرا همه نکاتی را که اروپائیان درباره ازوپ یاد می کنند، دانشمندان اسلامی درباره لقمان آورده اند کتاب مجموعه ایست از داستان های کوتاه همراه با نتیجه گیری، بیانگر حکمت های زندگی. عرضم ب حضورتون ک من این کتابو ب همین شکل دارم و مال دوران نوجوانی پدرمه، هیچ وقت نگرفتم دستم بخونمش اما بچه که بودم هر شب بابام یه افسانه ها نشان می دهد که ازوپ مردی زشت و بد شکل بود روزگار درازیست که میان پژوهشگران خاور و باختر این بحث جریان دارد که ازوپ کیست؟ و لقمان کدام است؟ برخی از آنها گفته اند هر دو آنها یک شخصیت است زیرا همه نکاتی را که اروپائیان درباره ازوپ یاد می کنند، دانشمندان اسلامی درباره لقمان آورده اند کتاب مجموعه ایست از داستان های کوتاه همراه با نتیجه گیری، بیانگر حکمت های زندگی. عرضم ب حضورتون ک من این کتابو ب همین شکل دارم و مال دوران نوجوانی پدرمه، هیچ وقت نگرفتم دستم بخونمش اما بچه که بودم هر شب بابام یه حکایت‌ش رو به زبان ساده می‌گفت. و به نظرم برای بچه‌های راهنمایی و دبیرستان میتونه خیلی خوب باشه، چون واقعا هر حکایتش یه درس زندگیه! پ.ن: قیمت کتاب 250 ریال زده!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    If there's one book that deserves a classic status, it's Aesop's Fables. With hidden moral values among wit, humor, fantasy and animals, Aesop created some of the most clever scenarios and stories of all time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    I think this is the book I can call a REAL masterpiece. OVERVIEW This book contains Fables. Each fable is different from the other and contains different moral. Author uses animals to convey his message. There are very few Fables in which he uses humans. But I didn't mind that fact. I just wanted a lesson. And I must praise author for such a great comparison between humans and animals. He has used an appropriate animal for a particular human characteristic. Overall this book contains almost ev I think this is the book I can call a REAL masterpiece. OVERVIEW This book contains Fables. Each fable is different from the other and contains different moral. Author uses animals to convey his message. There are very few Fables in which he uses humans. But I didn't mind that fact. I just wanted a lesson. And I must praise author for such a great comparison between humans and animals. He has used an appropriate animal for a particular human characteristic. Overall this book contains almost every moral which we have or may face in the world. Or most important thing this book is purely for children. It would be an excellent book for them. Because almost teenagers are aware of the morals which are given in this book. P.S. After reading these Fables I don't think I am in the mood to read any more animals for a week or two. SOME MORALS FROM THE BOOK I LIKED I liked almost every moral in this book but the following are little special for me. ♡A change of habits will not alter nature ♡There is a time for work and time for play ♡The laws of nature are unchangeable ♡A fool may deceive by his dress and appearance, but his words will soon show what he really is ♡Set your sails with the wind ♡Ability proves itself by deeds ♡Always stop to think whether your fun may not be the cause of another's unhappiness ♡As long as you live, never judge the people by their looks ♡Don't stop to argue with temptation ♡You are judged by the company you keep ♡The true leader proves himself by his qualities ♡However unfortunate we may think we are there is always someone worse off than ourselves ♡Greatness has its penalties ♡Do not listen to the advice of him who seeks to lower you to his own level ♡It is unwise to treat old friends badly for the sake of new ones ♡Those who have plenty want more and so lose all they have ♡Learn from the misfortunes of others ♡Boast of one thing and you will be found lacking in that and a few other things as well ♡If you try to please all, you please none ♡Do not count your chickens before they are hatched ♡There is nothing worth so much as liberty ♡Do not let anything turn you from your purpose ♡Once a wolf, always a wolf ♡Do not tell others how to act unless you can set a good example ♡Misfortune is the test of true friendship ♡It is easy to be brave when there is no danger Thanks for your attention! ^__^ 1 December, 2016

  14. 5 out of 5

    M.rmt

    مسافری از خستگی سفر تلو تلو میخورد چشمش ندید و به داخل چاه عمیقی افتاد و همان جا خوابش برد.الهه سرنوشت به سراغش آمد و او را تکان داد تا بیدار شود و گفت:《بیدار شو و خودت را از این چاه بیرون بکش که بعدها هر که این ماجرا را بشنود،آن را به پای حماقت تو نمینویسد و به گردن من میاندازد که طفلک سرنوشتش این بود》

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Matthew

    I really love these timeless tales taught by Animals!!:)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fernando

    La fábula ("composición literaria narrativa breve, generalmente en prosa o verso, en la que los personajes principales son animales o cosas inanimadas que presentan características humanas") es considerada por algunos como un género literario menor, más allá de que existe en la literatura desde la época de los grandes exponentes griegos y que fue adoptada por nuevos autores con el correr del tiempo. Usualmente, funciona como contrapunto del mito y la intención que se le quiso dar desde la antigüe La fábula ("composición literaria narrativa breve, generalmente en prosa o verso, en la que los personajes principales son animales o cosas inanimadas que presentan características humanas") es considerada por algunos como un género literario menor, más allá de que existe en la literatura desde la época de los grandes exponentes griegos y que fue adoptada por nuevos autores con el correr del tiempo. Usualmente, funciona como contrapunto del mito y la intención que se le quiso dar desde la antigüedad sufrió pocas modificaciones, aunque si mejoras a nivel narrativo durante el siglo XVII. Según los retóricos de la antigüedad, es un relato fingido que da una imagen de la verdad y en general está narrada a partir del encuentro de dos personajes, con la inclusión de un tercero o cuarto en cuestión, siendo entre dos la forma más clásica de ser contada. La resultante de este "enfrentamiento" es la puesta de acción de una moraleja o enseñanza, una instrucción moral que le permita al lector reflexionar sobre lo que acaba de leer. También es un contrapunto entre la noción del bien y el mal, de las buenas o malas acciones que realiza el individuo. Esopo es reconocido como el padre de la fábula, aunque mucho estudiosos indican que estas son tan antiguas las de origen griego y se remontan a China y la India. Digamos que las de Esopo son las más clásicas y por ende las que más han perdurado. Ya a partir del el siglo XVII aparecerían otros autores como Jean de la Fontaine, y en el XVIII Tomás de Iriarte o Feliz Samaniego quienes recuperaron este género para traerlo de nuevo a las nuevas generaciones de lectores. Esta edición de Gredos incluye también las fábulas de Babrio, de origen asirio que en los siglos I y II escribió, influenciado por Esopo, una buena cantidad de ellas en idioma griego. Como todo género literario, la fábula esopiana tuvo detractores, tal es el caso de Jean Jacques Rousseau, quien afirmaba que "los niños no entienden bien las fábulas, y en segundo lugar -pero lo más importante-, la moral de las fábulas corrompe a la juventud, al mostrar que los más fuertes y astutos son los que vencen en la vida." En cierto modo puedo estar de acuerdo con Rousseau, ya que en ellas puede leerse entre líneas mensajes de injusticia, envidia, inhumanidad, soberbia o rencor y aunque no lo parezca, puede derivar en interpretaciones capciosas o equivocadas. En mi caso, lo que pude apreciar fue una constante repetición de situaciones con moralejas similares que para nada pueden significar que quien las lea deba comportarse de mejor manera en la vida. Estas fábulas seguramente causaban cierta impresión en su época pero hoy por hoy tienen una connotación bastante ingenua. El hecho de que los personajes sean animales le cambia el tenor a la fábula, pero no debemos olvidar que, como ellos hablan tanto entre ellos como con los seres humanos, son humanas sus actitudes y actos, por ende, es de nosotros mismo de quienes Esopo trata de reflejarse cuando los animales intervienen en ellas. De todas maneras, es importante rescatar que también Esopo también incluye fábulas cuyos personajes son hombres, mujeres y dioses. El libro, me ha parecido correcto y en ningún momento, salvo cuatro o cinco fábulas ha logrado entusiasmarme o sentir que leía algo realmente contundente (si lo comparo con otros géneros como la épica de la Ilíada o la Odisea). La fábula que más me sorprendió fue esta que transcribo a continuación y cuyo contenido me parece demasiado arriesgado para que Esopo lo contara en el año 560 D.C. Zeus y el Pudor: Cuando Zeus moldeó a los hombres, les infundió enseguida las diferentes facultades, pero se olvidó del Pudor. Como no encontraba por dónde introducirlo, le mandó que entrara por el recto. Al principio, el Pudor se negó e indigno, después que Zeus le insistió mucho, dijo el Pudor: "Pero entro con esta condición, que si otro detrás de mí, me marcho inmediatamente." De esto viene que todos los maricones sean gente sin pudor. Podría aplicarse esta fábula al lascivo." Esta fábula, comparada con otras un tanto inocentes protagonizadas por conejos, perros, zorras y ranas parece sacada de contexto e increíblemente, choca contra el contenido que uno viene leyendo. No creo que vuelva a leer libros de fábulas, aunque no descarto en un futuro intentarlo con Jean de la Fontaine. Probablemente las disfrute más.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bettie☯

    Description: 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 of prose 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 Description: 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 of prose 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? They are two of the many fables from Aesop, made legendary by time. Trumpism is a collection of behaviours that can be summed up in their crassness with these fables - every day an exhibition of sour grapes, no?!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    Love all the stories. Reading them to my kids and then asking them the morals as they see it. I know they don't understand it all but I hope it plants a seed in them to be kinder, empathetic people and not letting others abuse this kindness. Lots of witty and self evaluation stories told in animal form. Short and sweet with lots of wisdom and mental strength.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lumsden

    An odd, interesting and kind of charming read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Guillermo Macbeth

    Micro-relatos muy entretenidos. Si bien su clave es la moraleja, creo que se leen mejor con criterios formalistas. En casi todas estas fábulas hay formas abstractas en funcionamiento que parecen estructuras algebraicas: hay un conjunto de elementos y reglas de interacción entre esos elementos. El pasaje ocurre por analogía -como figura retórica- o por morfismo -relación matemática entre estructuras abstractas-. Creo que esta condición es la que ha llevado a un uso extendido de Esopo en la divulg Micro-relatos muy entretenidos. Si bien su clave es la moraleja, creo que se leen mejor con criterios formalistas. En casi todas estas fábulas hay formas abstractas en funcionamiento que parecen estructuras algebraicas: hay un conjunto de elementos y reglas de interacción entre esos elementos. El pasaje ocurre por analogía -como figura retórica- o por morfismo -relación matemática entre estructuras abstractas-. Creo que esta condición es la que ha llevado a un uso extendido de Esopo en la divulgación matemática. Para abordar el problema del infinito, por ejemplo. Me parece que esta lectura oblicua es mejor que la lectura edificante, que enseña moral y sabiduría de vida. La moraleja parece ser su función principal, pero creo que esa lectura tiene muchas restricciones idiográficas, de esas que ya no se pueden disimular después del estructuralismo.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

    This was the only book quite appropriate for my young age that I read as a child, a precious edition with lots of drawings by one of the best book illustrators, Arthur Rackham, which to date is still much loved by me. I have that old copy with me even now, relatively well preserved.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ZaRi

    قورباغههایی که میخواستند شاه داشته باشند. این حکایت به زمانی باز میگردد که قورباغهها شاهی نداشتند و از این بابت ناراحت بودند. آنها نمایندهای به خدمتِ ژوپیتر، خدای خدایان، فرستادند تا او شاهی برایشان تعیین کند. ژوپیتر از اینکه قورباغهها کسی را میخواهند که بر آنها حکومت کند، دلخور شد و تکه کندهای در دریاچهٔ قورباغهها انداخت و گفت: «این هم شاهتان!» قورباغهها ابتدا از آن کندهٔ درخت ترسیدند و زیر آب رفتند. کمی که ترسشان ریخت، روی آب آمدند و دیدند که انگار آن کندهٔ درخت کاری به آنها ندارد. آهسته جلوتر قورباغه‌هایی که می‌خواستند شاه داشته باشند. این حکایت به زمانی باز می‌گردد که قورباغه‌ها شاهی نداشتند و از این بابت ناراحت بودند. آن‌ها نماینده‌ای به خدمتِ ژوپیتر، خدای خدایان، فرستادند تا او شاهی برایشان تعیین کند. ژوپیتر از اینکه قورباغه‌ها کسی را می‌خواهند که بر آنها حکومت کند، دلخور شد و تکه کنده‌ای در دریاچهٔ قورباغه‌ها انداخت و گفت: «این هم شاهتان!» قورباغه‌ها ابتدا از آن کندهٔ درخت ترسیدند و زیر آب رفتند. کمی که ترسشان ریخت، روی آب آمدند و دیدند که انگار آن کندهٔ درخت کاری به آنها ندارد. آهسته جلوتر آمدند و بالاخره سوار کنده شدند، ولی دیدند باز هم آن شاه کاری به آنها ندارد. ناراحت شدند و احساس کردند که با وجودِ آن شاهِ آرام و بی خیال، غرورشان جریحه دار شده است. دوباره نماینده‌ای به سراغ ژوپیتر فرستادند و گفتند که این شاه نه حرفی می زند، نه کاری به آنها دارد و به درد نمی‌خورد. ژوپیتر دلسردتر از بارِ اول، لک لکی را به پادشاهیِ آن دریاچه برگزید. از آن پس لک لک دور دریاچه راه می‌رفت و دائماً سر قورباغه‌ها جیغ می‌کشید و حرف می‌زد و تا جایی که شکمش اجازه می‌داد، از آن‌ها می‌خورد و وظیفه‌اش را به نحو احسن انجام می‌داد.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I'm not sure what I was expecting to get out of reading these, and while some of them were amusing some were just weird. Most of these stories have a moral to them, like The Tortoise and the Hare, but others just explained why things are the way they are. Then you had stories that just consisted of a woman smelling an old wine canteen. A lot of the stories were repetitive, which is probably why I started losing interest towards the end. How many stories about a wolf trying to lure a poor lamb or I'm not sure what I was expecting to get out of reading these, and while some of them were amusing some were just weird. Most of these stories have a moral to them, like The Tortoise and the Hare, but others just explained why things are the way they are. Then you had stories that just consisted of a woman smelling an old wine canteen. A lot of the stories were repetitive, which is probably why I started losing interest towards the end. How many stories about a wolf trying to lure a poor lamb or goat out can you read? These stories are good to read a few between much larger novels, but I wouldn't recommend reading them all in one shot. I wish I could write a better review, but I'm a little let down by this collection. I did like the pictures included with this edition though!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Afkham

    Aesop's most influential fable, very short tales told by different creatures with a wise piece of advice or a moral result in the end. The appealing point is not only it applies for our routine and every day life but also it got its roots deep in humanity and civilized society of all the times and areas. Most of them stories I've heard or read about as a child or even been told by illiterate elderlies.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg. INTRODUCTION Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his fame is all the more deserved because he never deserved it. The firm foundations of common sense, the shrewd shots at uncommon sense, that characterise all the Fables, belong not him but to humanity. In the earliest human history whatever is authentic is universal: and whatever is universal is anonymous. In such cases there is always some central man who had first the trouble of Free download available at Project Gutenberg. INTRODUCTION Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his fame is all the more deserved because he never deserved it. The firm foundations of common sense, the shrewd shots at uncommon sense, that characterise all the Fables, belong not him but to humanity. In the earliest human history whatever is authentic is universal: and whatever is universal is anonymous. In such cases there is always some central man who had first the trouble of collecting them, and afterwards the fame of creating them. He had the fame; and, on the whole, he earned the fame. There must have been something great and human, something of the human future and the human past, in such a man: even if he only used it to rob the past or deceive the future. The story of Arthur may have been really connected with the most fighting Christianity of falling Rome or with the most heathen traditions hidden in the hills of Wales. But the word "Mappe" or "Malory" will always mean King Arthur; even though we find older and better origins than the Mabinogian; or write later and worse versions than the "Idylls of the King." The nursery fairy tales may have come out of Asia with the Indo-European race, now fortunately extinct; they may have been invented by some fine French lady or gentleman like Perrault: they may possibly even be what they profess to be. But we shall always call the best selection of such tales "Grimm's Tales": simply because it is the best collection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eric Boot

    I translated parts of these for my Greek lessons, and it was pretty interesting :) I didn't read all of them but I think the biggest share.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eadweard

    "The Goat and the Donkey A man kept a goat and a donkey. The goat became jealous of the donkey, because it was so well fed. So she said to him: ‘What with turning the millstone and all the burdens you carry, your life is just a torment without end.’ She advised him to pretend to have epilepsy and to fall into a hole in order to get some rest. The donkey followed her advice, fell down and was badly bruised all over. His master went to get the vet and asked him for a remedy for these injuries. The ve "The Goat and the Donkey A man kept a goat and a donkey. The goat became jealous of the donkey, because it was so well fed. So she said to him: ‘What with turning the millstone and all the burdens you carry, your life is just a torment without end.’ She advised him to pretend to have epilepsy and to fall into a hole in order to get some rest. The donkey followed her advice, fell down and was badly bruised all over. His master went to get the vet and asked him for a remedy for these injuries. The vet prescribed an infusion of goat’s lung; this remedy would surely restore him to health. As a result, the man sacrificed the goat to cure the donkey." ---- "The Goatherd and the Wild Goats A goatherd, having led his goats to pasture, noticed that they were mixing with some wild goats. And, when evening fell, he herded all of them into his cave together. The next day, a great storm raged. Not being able to lead them out to pasture as usual, he left them inside. To his own goats he gave only a handful of fodder, just enough to keep them from starving. But for the strangers, on the other hand, he increased the ration, with the intention of keeping them as well. When the bad weather was almost over he let them all out to pasture. But, upon reaching the mountain, the wild goats ran away. As the goatherd shouted after them, accusing them of ingratitude for thus abandoning him after all the care he had taken of them, they turned round to reply: ‘All the more reason for us to be suspicious. For if you treated us, mere newcomers, better than your old flock, it’s quite clear that if some other goats came along you would then neglect us for them.’" ---- "The Fox and the Bunch of Grapes A famished fox, seeing some bunches of grapes hanging [from a vine which had grown] in a tree, wanted to take some, but could not reach them. So he went away saying to himself: ‘Those are unripe.’" ---- "The Neighbour Frogs Two frogs were neighbours. One lived in a deep pond far from the track, while the other lived in a small, stagnant pool on the track. The one from the pond advised the other to come and live near her: ‘You’ll enjoy a much safer and better life here,’ she said. But the frog on the track would not be persuaded. ‘Oh, it would be far too great an effort to uproot myself from the place that I know so well and which I have always called home,’ she said. And so it was that one day a chariot passed along the track and crushed her." ---- "The Kid on the Roof of the House, and the Wolf A kid who had wandered on to the roof of a house saw a wolf pass by and he began to insult and jeer at it. The wolf replied: ‘Hey, you there! It’s not you who mock me but the place on which you are standing.’" ---- "The Stomach and the Feet The stomach and the feet were arguing over their strength. The feet constantly alleged that they were much superior in strength because they carried the stomach. To this the stomach replied: ‘But, my friends, if I don’t provide you with nourishment, you won’t be able to carry me.’" ---- "The Sick Man and the Doctor A sick man, questioned about his health by the doctor, replied that he was sweating heavily. ‘That is good,’ said the doctor. Then he asked him the next time how he was feeling, and the patient said he had been shivering so much he was badly shaken up. ‘That’s also good,’ said the doctor. Then he called on the man a third time and asked how he was. He replied that he had had diarrhoea. ‘That’s good too,’ said the doctor, and went on his way. Then one of the sick man’s parents came to visit him and asked how he was. ‘I’m dying of good symptoms,’ he replied." ---- "The Travellers and the Bear Two friends were travelling along the same path together when a bear suddenly appeared. One of them quickly climbed up a tree and hid himself there. The other, who was about to be caught, threw himself down on the ground and feigned death. The bear sniffed him all over with his muzzle, but the man held his breath. For it is said that a bear will not touch a corpse. When the bear had gone away, the man hiding in the tree came down and asked his friend what the bear had whispered in his ear. The other replied: ‘Not to travel in future with friends who slip away when there is danger.’" ---- "The Two Carrying-pouches Once upon a time, when Prometheus created men, he hung from them two carrying-pouches. One of these contained the deficiencies of other people and was hung in front. The other contained our own faults, which he suspended behind us. The result of this was that men could see directly down into the pouch containing other people’s failings, but were unable to see their own."

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shyam

    You are ignorant and lacking in curiosity, and have failed to go over your Aesop —Aristophanes, The Birds __________ There is a whole population . . . running all over the place excitedly, occupied without any true occupation, huffing and puffing at frivolous pursuits, and making much out of nothing. They are an annoyance to each other and utterly despised by everyone else. Yet I would like to try to correct this crowd, if possible, by means of a true story: it is one worth listening to. 'I'm not g You are ignorant and lacking in curiosity, and have failed to go over your Aesop —Aristophanes, The Birds __________ There is a whole population . . . running all over the place excitedly, occupied without any true occupation, huffing and puffing at frivolous pursuits, and making much out of nothing. They are an annoyance to each other and utterly despised by everyone else. Yet I would like to try to correct this crowd, if possible, by means of a true story: it is one worth listening to. 'I'm not going to play games with you or tell you lies: you need to take care of all your affairs because you are going to die. You cannot expect to live past tomorrow.' _____ A learned man always has rich inner sources. __________ The Hare and the Tortoise, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Goose with the Golden Eggs . . . We've all heard of him and his fables, but most of us have not familiarised ourselves with the entire oeuvre; but there's no reason not to, and there's plenty to enjoy: as well as the moralising that most of us associate with Aesop, there's plenty of humour and entertainment that's well worth looking over. While some of the fables were recorded in the handbooks of the ancient grammarians and rhetoricians, Aesop's fables were not considered 'children's literature' in the ancient world. In fact, this notion of a children's Aesop beings only with early modern collections of fables such as Roger L'Estrange's English translation of 1692, which aimed to 'initiate the Children into some sort of Sense and Understanding of their Duty'. The Aesop's fables of ancient Greece and Rome were told by and for adults, not children. I dipped in and out of this over a good many months, never finding Aesop dull or repetitive but turning to him like a good friend, for some short, warming tales every now and again. This Oxford World's Classics edition is highly recommended. It contains 600 fables organized by theme, with excellent notes scattered throughout. The translator preferred to translate fables from sources not previously translated into English, and so roughly a quarter of the fables in this collection have not appeared before in English. These are not new fables per se but they are new versions of the fables in English. She also helpfully details some information on all of the sources used in the introduction. __________ 'Do you really mean to compare yourself to my exalted status? I pass my time among the altars, I wander through the temples of the gods . . . I enjoy the forbidden kisses of all the married women . . . What has life given you that can compare with all that I have . . . ?’ Pure water from the sacred fountains will be mine to drink . . . . . . full of flowers, pleasant to look at and quite luxurious . . . . . . reeking of perfume and dressed in flowing robes. 'Why, no man could be more handsome!' 'Surely you do not think I have too high an opinion of myself? My confidence in my own genius is not misplaced, is it?' 'My self-conceit has been my undoing!' This is a story I tell for people who do not know how to appreciate me. __________ Zeus replied: 'You are unaware of the gift you have obtained, but it is the greatest gift of all: you have received the gift of speech and the ability to reason, which has power both among the gods and among mortals; it is stronger than the strong and swifter then the swift.' Man then recognized the gift he had been given and bowed down before Zeus, offering him thanks. Many people have good natural abilities which are ruined by idleness; on the other hand, sobriety, zeal, and perseverance, can prevail over indolence. People should not regularly engage in bad behaviour because at a certain point the habit will impose itself permanently, even if they do not want that to happen. If you are wise, you will tear out vice by the roots, in other words, at the very beginning of sinfulness and other wickedness, so that the severing of the root will cause the branches to wither away. In effect, this is basically what the more respectable books of philosophy advise us to do: we should rely only on ourselves, regarding everything which does not involve us or our livelihood as something that is none of our business as not to our benefit. The wasp then uttered words that are worth repeating: 'It does not matter what we used to be: the important thing is what we are now!’ The amaranth said, 'What a delightful flower you are! You are desired by the gods and mortals alike. I congratulate you on your beauty and your fragrance.' The rose said, 'O amaranth, everlasting flower, I live only for a brief time, and even if no one plucks me, I die, while you are able to blossom and bloom with eternal youth!’. This fable shows that it is better to last for a long time while being contented with little than to live sumptuously for a short time and then suffer a reversal of fortune, perhaps even death. As the leopard was rejoicing in the novelty of his apparel, the sly fox criticized him sharply and showed how useless his markings were. 'Go ahead and put your faith in the excessive embellishment of your youth,' said the fox, 'so long as my intelligence is more attractive than yours: after all, mental endowments are more impressive than the glamour of good looks!’ . . . there is no point in owning something unless you put it to good use. __________ When the she-goats persuaded Jupiter to give them beards, the male goats were extremely upset and began to complain that the women now had the same degree of dignity that they did. After Zeus had fashioned the human race, he ordered Hermes to give them intelligence. Hermes divided intelligence into equal portions and then applied it to each person. The result was that short people became wise, since they were more completely suffused with the standard dose of intelligence, while the tall people turned out stupid, since the portion that was poured into their bodies did not even reach as high as their knees. 'If you can just leave the oil alone and not pee on me, I shall be grateful enough; you do not need to honour me in any other way!' Someone asked Aesop why lesbians and fairies had been created . . . This made the prostitute laugh so hard that her nose filled with snot (as sometimes happens) . . . He broke his left leg and fell flat on his face (he must have been playing in the key of B-flat). __________ . . . very beautiful and always chasing after men with her eyes. The young man was so strongly aroused by shameful thoughts . . . Spurred by wanton lust and hot desire . . . He was immediately enthralled and enflamed with lust . . . __________ . . . you should pay careful attention to these little tales: useful things can come in quite small packages!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Duane

    I hadn't read this book, but I was amazed at how many of these fables I was familiar with. So many are part of our modern culture, part of our collective consciousness, and they are not specific to any one country or continent. This is truly a World classic. Most of them are easy to understand, some of them are far fetched, and some just don't make any sense. Some animals are used over and over in the stories, like the donkey, the lion, and the hare. It occurred to me after I had finished that I I hadn't read this book, but I was amazed at how many of these fables I was familiar with. So many are part of our modern culture, part of our collective consciousness, and they are not specific to any one country or continent. This is truly a World classic. Most of them are easy to understand, some of them are far fetched, and some just don't make any sense. Some animals are used over and over in the stories, like the donkey, the lion, and the hare. It occurred to me after I had finished that I should have assigned a comparative image to each and used it throughout, it might have been more entertaining. For example, I could have chosen one of my least favorite politicians as the donkey and used that image in all the tales. My apologies to donkeys everywhere.

  30. 4 out of 5

    أحمد

    قرأت طبعة مكتبة (مصر) التي ترجمها د. مصطفى السقا وسعيد جودة السحار عن ترجمة (تاونْسِنْد) الإنجليزية. اشتريت الكتاب جديدا من معرض الكتاب بالقاهرة - في عام 2010 - بمئة وستين قرشا بعد الخصم! ووجدت فيه أكثر من ثلاثمائة حكاية كان معظمها فائق الإمتاع والعمق، بلا تكلف. والكتاب مزين برسوم قديمة محببة. الخلاصة أنني سأدعو للقائمين على مكتبة (مصر) حتى تُمحى آخر حكاية من حكايات إيسوب - حكيم اليونان - من ذاكرتي، ولست أظنه ممكنا! أحمد الديب مايو 2010

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