Much of the richness of our language and moral education is owed to a Greek slave who was executed over two thousand years ago. Literally hundreds of metaphors, axioms, and ideas that are woven into the very fabric of Western culturefrom ';sour grapes' and ';crying wolf' to ';actions speak louder than words' and ';honesty is the best policy'all came from Aesop's Fables.
An extraordinary storyteller who used cunning foxes, surly dogs, clever mice, and foolish humans to describe the reality of a harsh world, Aesop created narratives that are appealing, funny, politically astute, and profoundly true. And Aesop's truthoften summed up in the pithy ';moral of the story'retains an awesome power to affect us, reaching us through both our intellects and our hearts.
Included here are such fables as ';The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse,' ';The Wind and the Sun,' ';The Farmer and the Stork,' ';The Lioness,' ';The Brash Candlelight,' ';The Old Woman and the Physician,' ';The Mole and Her Mother,' ';The Swallow and the Crow,' ';The Man Bitten by a Dog,' ';The Fox and the Grapes,' ';The Monkey and the Dolphin,' ';The Hares and the Frogs,' and many, many more.
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