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Aesop: In His 3rd Millenium

Insights to Human Nature
from circa 600 B.C.

A Guide to this Site | Did Aesop Exist? | I. The Lion and The Mouse | II. The Scorpion and The Ladybug | III. The Dog in the Manger | IV. The Ants and The Grasshopper | V. The Frog and the Chrysalis | VI. Hercules and The Carter | VII. The Fox and his Tale | VIII. An Elephant, A Bear, and a Katydid | IX. The Spider, the Cockerel, the Sheep, and the Ram | X. The Farmer and the Snake | XI. The Lion, The Fox, and the Ass | XII. The Dog, the Cat, and the Bear | XIII. The Ship and the Whale | XIV. The Duckling, the Hawk, and the Mallard

As an Editor by profession, I have attempted to restyle the Fables of Aesop so that those included here display sharpened insights to today's world. This site focuses on "the Nature of the beasts..."

Thus the material contained here represents my personal editing, rewrite, and slant. (As each and every translation of Aesop reflects the philosophy of the translator.)

Unlike most collections of the Fables in print, these are written not as much for children as for the older reader.

Each Fable link also includes brief soapbox comments by your editor.

What is noticeable is that since Aesop's lifetime, nearly 3000 years ago, Man's nature has not changed in the least!

Read, and please enjoy!
Your editor,

Kate Shannon

"A Guide To This Site," takes you to an Index of the Fables by Theme and by Lesson.

A Guide to this Site

A Renaissance artist's concept
painted around 1639 or 1640, A.D.

c 620-560 B.C.


as painted by

Diego Velasquez

Two Fables in this group do not originate with Aesop, but they express Truths I care about. I hope they will appeal to you as well.

If you would like to move directly to the Fables and begin to read them sequentially, skipping the Guide and Aesop's biographical links, use the link below.
You may browse randomly through the site by using the links at the top of each page.

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