Aesop Greek writer ( 6th century B.C.C.)

(c. mid-sixth century b.c.e.) Greek writer

A slave in ancient Greece in the sixth century b.c.e., Aesop was the creator or popularizer of the genre of fables that bear his name. Little about him is known:
More than half a dozen places have claimed him as a native son, and although Herodotus records that he was killed by citizens of Delphi, he gives no indication of motive.

Aesop’s fables were brief stories, appropriate for children and structured around a simple moral lesson. Most of them featured anthropomorphized animals— animals who spoke and acted like humans, often motivated by some exaggerated human characteristic. Unlike the animal tales of many mythic traditions—the Coyote stories of North America, for instance—Aesop’s animals did not represent spiritual or divine beings, nor did they explain the nature of the world. They were comparable instead to modern children’s literature and cartoons, though with an educational bent.

The fables remain some of the best-known stories in the Western world, often lending themselves to proverbs. Some of the most famous include The Fox and the Grapes, from which the idiom sour grapes is derived, to refer to something that, like the grapes the fox cannot reach, is assumed to be not worth the trouble;
The Tortoise and the Hare, which concludes that “slow and steady wins the race” and has been adapted to a number of media, including a Disney cartoon;
The Ant and the Grasshopper, the latter of which suffers through a harsh winter he had not prepared for as the ant did; and perhaps most evocatively, The Scorpion and the Frog. In this tale a scorpion asks a frog to carry him across the river, and when the frog refuses out of fear of being stung, the scorpion brushes the concern aside, pointing out that should he sting the frog, both will die as the scorpion drowns. Nonetheless, the frog’s fear proves warranted—when the scorpion stings him partway across the river, he reminds the frog that such behavior is plainly the nature of a scorpion.
List of some fables by Aesop[edit]
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Ape and the Fox
The Ass and his Masters
The Ass and the Pig
The Ass Carrying an Image
The Ass in the Lion's Skin
The Astrologer who Fell into a Well
The Bird-catcher and the Blackbird
The Bear and the Travelers
The Beaver
The Belly and the Other Members
The Bird in Borrowed Feathers
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Cat and the Mice
The Cock and the Jewel
The Cock, the Dog and the Fox
The Crow and the Pitcher
The Crow and the Sheep
The Crow and the Snake
The Deer without a Heart
The Dog and its Reflection
The Dog and the Wolf
The Dove and the Ant
The Farmer and his Sons
The Farmer and the Stork
The Farmer and the Viper
The Fir and the Bramble
The Fisherman and the Little Fish
The Fowler and the Snake
The Fox and the Crow
The Fox and the Grapes
The Fox and the Mask
The Fox and the Sick Lion
The Fox and the Stork
The Fox and the Weasel
The Fox and the Woodman
The Frightened Hares
The Frog and the Mouse
The Frog and the Ox
The Frogs and the Sun
The Frogs Who Desired a King
The Goat and the Vine
The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
The Hare in flight
Hercules and the Wagoner
The Honest Woodcutter
The Horse and the Donkey
The Impertinent Insect
The Lion and the Fox
The Lion and the Mouse
The Lion in Love
The Lion's Share
The Lion, the Bear and the Fox
The Man with two Mistresses
The Mischievous Dog
The Miser and his Gold
The Mountain in Labour
The Mouse and the Oyster
The North Wind and the Sun
The Oak and the Reed
The Old Man and Death
The Old Man and his Sons
The Old Man and the Ass
The Old Woman and the Doctor
The Old Woman and the Wine-jar
The Rose and the Amaranth
The Satyr and the Traveller
The Sick Kite
The Snake and the Crab
The Snake and the Farmer
The Snake in the Thorn Bush
The Statue of Hermes
The Swan and the Goose
The Tortoise and the Birds
The Tortoise and the Hare
Town Mouse and Country Mouse
The Travellers and the Plane Tree
The Trees and the Bramble
The Trumpeter Taken Captive
The Two Pots
Venus and the Cat
The Walnut Tree
Washing the Ethiopian white
The Wolf and the Crane
The Wolf and the Lamb
The Woodcutter and the Trees
The Young Man and the Swallow
Fables wrongly attributed to Aesop[edit]
An ass eating thistles
The Bear and the Bees
The Bear and the Gardener
Belling the cat (also known as The Mice in Council)
The Blind Man and the Lame
The Boy and the Filberts
Chanticleer and the Fox
The Dog in the Manger
The drowned woman and her husband
The Eagle Wounded by an Arrow
The Elm and the Vine
The Fox and the Cat
The Gourd and the Palm-tree
The Hawk and the Nightingale
The Hare and many friends
The Hedgehog and the Snake
The Heron and the Fish
Jumping from the frying pan into the fire
The milkmaid and her pail
The miller, his son and the donkey
The Monkey and the Cat
The Priest and the Wolf
The Shepherd and the Lion
Still waters run deep
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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