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Aesop's Fables by Aesop

As children, our first experience of the magic of talking animals, the conflict between good and evil, the battle of wits between the cunning and the innocent most probably came from Aesop's Fables...
Aesop's Fables by Aesop

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As children, our first experience of the magic of talking animals, the conflict between good and evil, the battle of wits between the cunning and the innocent most probably came from Aesop's Fables. These delightful, pithy and brief narratives are simple, easy to understand and convey their message in a memorable and charming fashion. Aesop's Fables by Aesop consists of about 600 tales, some well-loved and familiar, others less known but just as entertaining and educative and help us map the perimeters of our moral universe. Fables have existed almost since the dawn of time. They hark back to a time when humans and animals lived in harmony and mutual respect. We humans could learn a great deal from the uncomplicated justice and the commonsense values of the animal kingdom. Animals are endowed with immutable personal traits like foxes being cunning, donkeys being patient, lions being proud and wolves being cruel. There is very little biographical information about Aesop. He is reputed to have been born a slave in Samos in ancient Greece in about 600 BC. He earned his liberty through his learning and wit and went on to become a respected diplomat and traveler. Ancient Greek philosophers like Aristotle, historians like Plutarch and Herodotus mention Aesop's fables in their works. Today, these immortal fables have come down to us, as fresh and pristine as they were when they were first told. Aesop's fables were known at the time of Socrates in the 5th century BC, when they were recounted in oral form. However, they were systematically compiled sometime in 300 BC by a Greek philosopher Demetrius Phalereus. The fables gradually vanished from popular literature till the 14th century AD when they re-surfaced in Byzantine Constantinople. Since then, they traversed with traders and diplomats to Europe and then to the rest of the world. Generations of children have enjoyed old favorites like The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Bear and Two Travelers, The Hare and the Tortoise, The Hen who laid Golden Eggs, The Thirsty Crow, The Lion and the Mouse and many others found in this volume along with less familiar ones. Their charm lies in their simplicity and the plain, straightforward way in which they deliver universal values of honesty, compassion and justice and teach us to shun pride, greed, envy and other negative qualities. They provide an enduring foundation for inculcating values and ethics in children and are at the same time, amusing and entertaining.

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Episodes

Introduction by GK Chesterton

Mar 6, 2018 11:08

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The Fox and The Grapes

Mar 5, 2018 00:46

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The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs

Mar 4, 2018 01:06

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The Cat and the Mice

Mar 3, 2018 01:41

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The Mischievous Dog

Mar 2, 2018 01:22

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The Charcoal-Burner and The Fuller

Mar 1, 2018 01:07

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The Mice in Council

Feb 28, 2018 01:30

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The Bat And The Weasels

Feb 27, 2018 01:36

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The Dog and The Sow

Feb 26, 2018 00:44

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The Fox And The Crow

Feb 25, 2018 01:36

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The Horse and the Groom

Feb 24, 2018 01:05

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The Wolf and the Lamb

Feb 23, 2018 01:39

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The Peacock And The Crane

Feb 22, 2018 00:58

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The Cat And The Birds

Feb 21, 2018 00:56

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The Spendthrift and the Swallow

Feb 20, 2018 01:13

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The Old Woman and the Doctor

Feb 19, 2018 02:09

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The Moon and her Mother

Feb 18, 2018 00:49

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Mercury and the Woodman

Feb 17, 2018 02:35

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The Ass, The Fox, and The Lion

Feb 16, 2018 01:52

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The Lion And The Mouse

Feb 15, 2018 01:47

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The Crow And The Pitcher

Feb 14, 2018 01:24

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The Boys and The Frogs

Feb 13, 2018 01:10

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The North Wind and The Sun

Feb 12, 2018 01:21

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The Mistress and Her Servants

Feb 11, 2018 01:06

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The Goods and The Ills

Feb 10, 2018 01:42

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The Hares and The Frogs

Feb 9, 2018 01:36

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