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Aesop , Laura Gibbs
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17 April 2008 Oxford World's Classics
'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one", said the lioness, "but it is very well bred!"'

The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a tongue-tied slave who miraculously received the power of speech; from his legendary storytelling came the collections of prose and verse fables scattered throughout Greek and Roman literature. First published in English by Caxton in 1484, the fables and their morals continue to charm modern readers: who does not know the story of the tortoise and the hare, or the boy who cried wolf?

This new translation is the first to represent all the main fable collections in ancient Latin and Greek, arranged according to the fables' contents and themes. It includes 600 fables, many of which come from sources never before translated into English.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199540756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540754
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Laura Gibbs has recently brought out a splendid translation with a very helpful introduction of the bulk of the fables in the Oxford World's Classics.' (Gabriel Josipovici, TLS)

About the Author

Laura Gibbs completed her M.Phil. in European Literature at St Antony's College, Oxford and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. She has also studied and taught at the Centre for the Study of Anthropology and the Ancient World at the University of Siena in Italy. She is currently employed as a specialist in academic computing at the University of Oklahoma where she is developing Latin and Greek teaching tools for use on the Internet.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals as Human nature. 9 Jun 2008
By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE
We may never really know the true identity of Aesop the Man, but his legacy lives on in these fables,
the morals of which can still find relevance in today's society.
For those of you, whom are easily offended some of the fables bring up racial differences that may upset you.
In particular fable 361:~ The Black man in the river, but then you would be merely taking things out of context of the time in which it was written.
I found fable 136:~ The man and his daughter particularly sad and unpleasant, but it does remind you of the bad side of Human Nature.
These fables express what being Human is all about, the bad and the good.
I never tire of re-reading this book, and I think you won't either.
And come to think about it neither will people several generations hence!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Connie
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This has to be the most comprehensive collection of Aesop's Fables, I have come across, with plenty of references and I think all you need to study with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fables 20 Jun 2012
By Lozza
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Every family should have one,good value, excellent service.Granddaughter was thrilled to get this book, goes in to her mini library
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5.0 out of 5 stars 600 fables! great! 19 Aug 2005
By mythgirl - Published on
This translation of Aesop's fables (600 of them!) contains detailed references for people interested in finding out more about the Greek and Latin originals. And contrary to the comments of jennal24, the gender of the animals in this translation follows the gender of the animal names in Latin and Greek - since the fox (alopeks) is feminine in Greek, that's why monkey is a "she". there's nothing feminist about this: it's just grammar. too bad jenna124 has no idea what s/he is talking about. anyway, if you want to find out about the hundreds of Greek and Latin fables and need an English translation, this is a great place to begin. none of the other books of Aesop's fables in English contains as complete a selection of fables as this Oxford World's Classics version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best English Translation in Print 3 Mar 2006
By Willis G. Regier - Published on
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Perhaps there are versions of Aesop that readers would enjoy more, and there are plenty of editions that come with engaging illustrations, but if a reader wants to get as close as possible to Aesop's Greek, this is the edition to buy. All of the prior great translators of Aesop have been British--Caxton, L'Estrange, Ogilby, Croxall, Clarke, James, Townsend, Jacobs, and Jones--and of these only Jacobs was a serious Aesop scholar. Laura Gibbs is a scholar as well as a translator; she bases her translations on the best editions; she includes more fables (to show historical variation, some fables appear twice); she provides a better introduction and much better notes than competing editions. Gibbs's volume also has the best index of any Aesop in English. This is an edition worthy of the Oxford imprint, and the first thorough translation of Aesop by an American since Lloyd Daly's AESOP WITHOUT MORALS (1961, now out of print). To experience the immensity and complexity of Aesop, try this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Mar 2010
By Armando-Malwani - Published on
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Excellent reference for for the novice story teller. This book is cheat sheet for the complete Aesop's fables and also gives you the take home message. I grew up hearing Aesop and wanted my kids to have the same experience. This is definitely not for reading to the kids verbatim. I highly recommend it for the storyteller parent.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive! 31 May 2011
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I have loved Aesop's Fables for many years. This edition (Kindle) is the best I've read. Not only did the editor/author cross-reference and arrange the fables in easy form, reading them on the Kindle makes the reference experience excellent.

Some other reviews disagree with the analysis the book gives to many of the fables. The purpose of the Fables has for thousands of years been for the reader to decide what lessons to take from them. That has not changed. That this edition includes summaries and conclusions that were added and debated over millennia ADDS to its value. I don't think audiences have forgotten to think for themselves as other reviewers claim.

Aesop's Fables have provided intellectual fodder for generations and still does not disappoint. It is a great way to introduce kids to critical thinking and debate.

My only slight critique is it needs a detailed table of contents, but the Kindle's search capabilities makes up for it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compliation of Aesop's Fables 5 Nov 2007
By Theo Ford - Published on
Although, I haven't finish reading all of the fables, however, the ones that I have read are enobling for educators and any serious literature reader. I reccomend the Oxford classic of Asop's Fables for anyone who love reading great literature.
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