Aesop’s Fables

It is known very little about Aesop’s life. It is believed that he was born in Thrace (Greece) in the 6th Century and died about 564 BC. He was probably a slave who was later freed by his master, and was said to be very clever and witty.

He lived afterwards at the court of King Croesus, who sent him on a journey to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. There he made the Delphians so angry that they pushed him over a steep cliff to his death.

Aesop didn’t write his fables. He told many people the stories and so they were remembered. It was nearly two hundred years later before all the stories were collected together and published.

The fables were published in English in the 15th Century, and since then they have been read by people all over the world. The most interesting thing is that their moral lessons are as true today as they were when Aesop was alive.

Apart from the fables you can read in the slides below, there are many others like: The shepherd boy and the wolf, The crow and the fox, The lion and the hare, The fox and the grapes, The fox and the lion or The goose that laid golden eggs, that you may well know.

(source: A first book of Aesop’s Fables. Ladybird books Ltd.)


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