AEsop's Fables ([1869])

Published: 14.06.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017
Aesop´s Fables Aesop´s Fables

Aesop's Fables is a collection of Greek tales or fables with a moral content. According to tradition, the tales derive from the story teller and slave Aesop who lived on the island of Samos from 620 to 560 B.C. Originally they were oral tales that must have been very popular since they have survived to this day. An obvious explanation is that they represent common sense and eternal wisdom. The stories often reveal typical human qualities, both flaws and strengths. Animals are often found as the protagonists in the stories. The fables were written down about 300 B.C. and have been elaborated on ever since. Today the fables are often the first encounter with literature for many children across the world.

We suggest that you start with The Lion in Love, The Lion and the Mouse and The Wind and the Sun.