The Fables of Aesop Author:Aesop According to legend, Aesop was born about the year 620 B.C. on the Greek island of Samos. A slave by birth, he served two different masters before he was freed as a reward for his learning and wit. He then traveled throughout Greece, telling his fables, until he came to the attention of King Croesus of Lydia, who invited him into his court. The ... more »tales for which Aesop is remembered were eventually recorded in Greek and Latin verse during the early Christian era and were widely circulated in a prose version compiled by a Byzantine scholar during the fourteenth century.
"The Fox and the Grapes," "The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"-these and the rest of the brief allegorical tales known for over 2500 years as Aesop's Fables are not just simple children's stories, but a vital part of our culture. The reason is obvious to any casual reader-the frailties and vanitites embodied by the animal and human protagonists of the Fables still offer and accurate portrait of society.
The text of this elegantly designed edition, reworked into modern English, is enhanced with evocative engravings by John Tenniel, who also created the original illustrations for Alice in Wonderland.« less