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Aesop
Aesop
(/ˈiːsɒp/ EE-sop; Greek: Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop
Aesop
Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave (δοῦλος) who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Depictions of Aesop
Aesop
in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included many works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs.

Contents

1 Life 2 The Aesop
Aesop
Romance 3 Fabulist 4 Physical appearance and the question of African origin 5 Depictions

5.1 Art and literature 5.2 20th century and popular culture

6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Life[edit]

The name of Aesop
Aesop
is as widely known as any that has come down from Graeco-Roman antiquity [yet] it is far from certain whether a historical Aesop
Aesop
ever existed ... in the latter part of the fifth century something like a coherent Aesop
Aesop
legend appears, and Samos seems to be its home. — Martin Litchfield West[1]

A woodcut from La vida del Ysopet
Ysopet
con sus fabulas historiadas (Spain, 1489) depicting a hunchbacked Aesop
Aesop
surrounded by events from the stories in Planudes' version of his life

The earliest Greek sources, including Aristotle, indicate that Aesop was born around 620 BCE in Thrace
Thrace
at a site on the Black Sea
Black Sea
coast which would later become the city Mesembria. A number of later writers from the Roman imperial period (including Phaedrus, who adapted the fables into Latin) say that he was born in Phrygia.[2] The 3rd-century poet Callimachus
Callimachus
called him " Aesop
Aesop
of Sardis,"[3] and the later writer Maximus of Tyre called him "the sage of Lydia."[4] From Aristotle[5] and Herodotus[6] we learn that Aesop
Aesop
was a slave in Samos
Samos
and that his masters were first a man named Xanthus and then a man named Iadmon; that he must eventually have been freed, because he argued as an advocate for a wealthy Samian; and that he met his end in the city of Delphi. Plutarch[7] tells us that Aesop
Aesop
had come to Delphi on a diplomatic mission from King Croesus
Croesus
of Lydia, that he insulted the Delphians, was sentenced to death on a trumped-up charge of temple theft, and was thrown from a cliff (after which the Delphians suffered pestilence and famine). Before this fatal episode, Aesop
Aesop
met with Periander
Periander
of Corinth, where Plutarch
Plutarch
has him dining with the Seven Sages of Greece, sitting beside his friend Solon, whom he had met in Sardis. (Leslie Kurke suggests that Aesop
Aesop
himself "was a popular contender for inclusion" in the list of Seven Sages.)[8] Problems of chronological reconciliation dating the death of Aesop
Aesop
and the reign of Croesus
Croesus
led the Aesop
Aesop
scholar (and compiler of the Perry Index) Ben Edwin Perry in 1965 to conclude that "everything in the ancient testimony about Aesop
Aesop
that pertains to his associations with either Croesus
Croesus
or with any of the so-called Seven Wise Men of Greece must be reckoned as literary fiction," and Perry likewise dismissed Aesop's death in Delphi
Delphi
as legendary;[9] but subsequent research has established that a possible diplomatic mission for Croesus
Croesus
and a visit to Periander
Periander
"are consistent with the year of Aesop's death."[10] Still problematic is the story by Phaedrus which has Aesop
Aesop
in Athens, telling the fable of the frogs who asked for a king, during the reign of Peisistratos, which occurred decades after the presumed date of Aesop's death.[11] The Aesop
Aesop
Romance[edit] Along with the scattered references in the ancient sources regarding the life and death of Aesop, there is a highly fictional biography now commonly called The Aesop
Aesop
Romance (also known as the Vita or The Life of Aesop
Aesop
or The Book of Xanthus the Philosopher and Aesop
Aesop
His Slave), "an anonymous work of Greek popular literature composed around the second century of our era ... Like The Alexander Romance, The Aesop
Aesop
Romance became a folkbook, a work that belonged to no one, and the occasional writer felt free to modify as it might suit him."[12] Multiple, sometimes contradictory, versions of this work exist. The earliest known version was probably composed in the 1st century CE, but the story may have circulated in different versions for centuries before it was committed to writing,[13] and certain elements can be shown to originate in the 4th century BCE.[14] Scholars long dismissed any historical or biographical validity in The Aesop
Aesop
Romance; widespread study of the work began only toward the end of the 20th century. In The Aesop
Aesop
Romance, Aesop
Aesop
is a slave of Phrygian origin on the island of Samos, and extremely ugly. At first he lacks the power of speech, but after showing kindness to a priestess of Isis, is granted by the goddess not only speech but a gift for clever storytelling, which he uses alternately to assist and confound his master, Xanthus, embarrassing the philosopher in front of his students and even sleeping with his wife. After interpreting a portent for the people of Samos, Aesop
Aesop
is given his freedom and acts as an emissary between the Samians and King Croesus. Later he travels to the courts of Lycurgus of Babylon and Nectanabo of Egypt – both imaginary rulers – in a section that appears to borrow heavily from the romance of Ahiqar.[15] The story ends with Aesop's journey to Delphi, where he angers the citizens by telling insulting fables, is sentenced to death and, after cursing the people of Delphi, is forced to jump to his death. Fabulist[edit]

Aesop
Aesop
as depicted by Francis Barlow in the 1687 edition of Aesop's Fables with His Life

Aesop
Aesop
may not have written his fables. The Aesop
Aesop
Romance claims that he wrote them down and deposited them in the library of Croesus; Herodotus
Herodotus
calls Aesop
Aesop
a "writer of fables" and Aristophanes
Aristophanes
speaks of "reading" Aesop,[16] but no writings by Aesop
Aesop
have survived. Scholars speculate that "there probably existed in the fifth century [BCE] a written book containing various fables of Aesop, set in a biographical framework."[17] Sophocles
Sophocles
in a poem addressed to Euripides
Euripides
made reference to Aesop's fable of the North Wind and the Sun.[18] Socrates while in prison turned some of the fables into verse,[19] of which Diogenes Laertius
Diogenes Laertius
records a small fragment.[20] The early Roman playwright and poet Ennius
Ennius
also rendered at least one of Aesop's fables in Latin verse, of which the last two lines still exist.[21] The body of work identified as Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
was transmitted by a series of authors writing in both Greek and Latin. Demetrius of Phalerum made a collection in ten books, probably in prose (Αισοπείων α) for the use of orators, which has been lost.[22] Next appeared an edition in elegiac verse, cited by the Suda, but the author's name is unknown. Phaedrus, a freedman of Augustus, rendered the fables into Latin in the 1st century CE. At about the same time Babrius
Babrius
turned the fables into Greek choliambics. A 3rd-century author, Titianus, is said to have rendered the fables into prose in a work now lost.[23] Avianus
Avianus
(of uncertain date, perhaps the 4th century) translated 42 of the fables into Latin elegiacs. The 4th-century grammarian Dositheus Magister also made a collection of Aesop's Fables, now lost. Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
continued to be revised and translated through the ensuing centuries, with the addition of material from other cultures, so that the body of fables known today bears little relation to those Aesop
Aesop
originally told. With a surge in scholarly interest beginning toward the end of the 20th century, some attempt has been made to determine the nature and content of the very earliest fables which may be most closely linked to the historic Aesop.[24] Physical appearance and the question of African origin[edit] The anonymously authored Aesop
Aesop
Romance (usually dated to the 1st or 2nd centuries CE) begins with a vivid description of Aesop's appearance, saying he was "of loathsome aspect... potbellied, misshapen of head, snub-nosed, swarthy, dwarfish, bandy-legged, short-armed, squint-eyed, liver-lipped—a portentous monstrosity,"[25] or as another translation has it, "a faulty creation of Prometheus
Prometheus
when half-asleep."[26] The earliest text by a known author that refers to Aesop's appearance is Himerius in the 4th century, who says that Aesop
Aesop
"was laughed at and made fun of, not because of some of his tales but on account of his looks and the sound of his voice."[27] The evidence from both of these sources is dubious, since Himerius lived some 800 years after Aesop
Aesop
and his image of Aesop may have come from The Aesop
Aesop
Romance, which is essentially fiction; but whether based on fact or not, at some point the idea of an ugly, even deformed Aesop
Aesop
took hold in popular imagination. Scholars have begun to examine why and how this "physiognomic tradition" developed.[28]

Example of a coin image from ancient Delphi
Delphi
thought by one antiquarian to represent Aesop.

A much later tradition depicts Aesop
Aesop
as a black African from Ethiopia. The first known promulgator of the idea was Planudes, a Byzantine scholar of the 13th century who wrote a biography of Aesop
Aesop
based on The Aesop
Aesop
Romance and conjectured that Aesop
Aesop
might have been Ethiopian, given his name.[29] An English translation of Planudes' biography from 1687 says that "his Complexion [was] black, from which dark Tincture he contracted his Name (Aesopus being the same with Aethiops)". When asked his origin by a prospective new master, Aesop replies, "I am a Negro"; numerous illustrations by Francis Barlow accompany this text and depict Aesop
Aesop
accordingly.[30] But according to Gert-Jan van Dijk, "Planudes' derivation of 'Aesop' from 'Aethiopian' is... etymologically incorrect,"[31] and Frank Snowden says that Planudes' account is "worthless as to the reliability of Aesop
Aesop
as 'Ethiopian.'"[32] The tradition of Aesop's African origin was continued in Britain, as attested by the lively figurine of a negro from the Chelsea porcelain factory which appeared in its Aesop
Aesop
series in the mid-18th century.[33] It then carried forward into the 19th century. The frontispiece of William Godwin's Fables Ancient and Modern (1805) has a copperplate illustration of Aesop
Aesop
relating his stories to little children that gives his features a distinctly African appearance.[34] The collection includes the fable of "Washing the Blackamoor white", although updating it and making the Ethiopian 'a black footman'. In 1856 William Martin Leake
William Martin Leake
repeated the false etymological linkage of "Aesop" with "Aethiop" when he suggested that the "head of a negro" found on several coins from ancient Delphi
Delphi
(with specimens dated as early as 520 BCE)[35] might depict Aesop, presumably to commemorate (and atone for) his execution at Delphi,[36] but Theodor Panofka supposed the head to be a portrait of Delphos, founder of Delphi,[37] a view more widely repeated by later historians.[38] The idea that Aesop
Aesop
was Ethiopian seems supported by the presence of camels, elephants and apes in the fables, even though these African elements are more likely to have come from Egypt and Libya than from Ethiopia, and the fables featuring African animals may have entered the body of Aesopic fables long after Aesop
Aesop
actually lived.[39] Nevertheless, in 1932 the anthropologist J. H. Driberg, repeating the Aesop/Aethiop linkage, asserted that, while "some say he [Aesop] was a Phrygian... the more general view... is that he was an African", and "if Aesop
Aesop
was not an African, he ought to have been;"[40] and in 2002 Richard A. Lobban cited the number of African animals and "artifacts" in the Aesopic fables as "circumstantial evidence" that Aesop
Aesop
may have been a Nubian folkteller.[41]

Aesop
Aesop
shown in Japanese dress in a 1659 edition of the fables from Kyoto

Popular perception of Aesop
Aesop
as black was to be encouraged by comparison between his fables and the stories of the trickster Br'er Rabbit told by African-American slaves. In Ian Colvin's introduction to Aesop
Aesop
in Politics (1914), for example, the fabulist is bracketed with Uncle Remus, "For both were slaves, and both were black".[42] The traditional role of the slave Aesop
Aesop
as "a kind of culture hero of the oppressed" is further promoted by the fictional Life, emerging "as a how-to handbook for the successful manipulation of superiors".[43] Such a perception was reinforced at the popular level by the 1971 TV production Aesop's Fables[44] in which Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
played Aesop. In that mixture of live action and animation, Aesop
Aesop
tells fables that differentiate between realistic and unrealistic ambition and his version there of "The Tortoise and the Hare" illustrates how to take advantage of an opponent's over-confidence.[45] On other continents Aesop
Aesop
has occasionally undergone a degree of acculturation. This is evident in Isango Portobello's 2010 production of the play Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa. Based on a script by British playwright Peter Terson (1983),[46] it was radically adapted by the director Mark Dornford-May as a musical using native African instrumentation, dance and stage conventions.[47] Although Aesop
Aesop
is portrayed as Greek, and dressed in the short Greek tunic, the all-black production contextualises the story in the recent history of South Africa. The former slave, we are told "learns that liberty comes with responsibility as he journeys to his own freedom, joined by the animal characters of his parable-like fables."[48] One might compare with this Brian Seward's Aesop's Fabulous Fables[49] (2009), which first played in Singapore with a cast of mixed ethnicities. In it Chinese theatrical routines are merged with those of a standard musical.[50] There had already been an example of Asian acculturation in 17th-century Japan. There Portuguese missionaries had introduced a translation of the fables (Esopo no Fabulas, 1593) that included the biography of Aesop. This was then taken up by Japanese printers and taken through several editions under the title Isopo Monogatari. Even when Europeans were expelled from Japan and Christianity proscribed, this text survived, in part because the figure of Aesop
Aesop
had been assimilated into the culture and depicted in woodcuts as dressed in Japanese costume.[51][52] Depictions[edit] Art and literature[edit] Ancient sources mention two statues of Aesop, one by Aristodemus and another by Lysippus,[53] and Philostratus describes a painting of Aesop
Aesop
surrounded by the animals of his fables.[54] None of these images have survived. According to Philostratus,

The Fables are gathering about Aesop, being fond of him because he devotes himself to them. For... he checks greed and rebukes insolence and deceit, and in all this some animal is his mouthpiece — a lion or a fox or a horse... and not even the tortoise is dumb — that through them children may learn the business of life. So the Fables, honoured because of Aesop, gather at the doors of the wise man to bind fillets about his head and to crown him with a victor’s crown of wild olive. And Aesop, methinks, is weaving some fable; at any rate his smile and his eyes fixed on the ground indicate this. The painter knows that for the composition of fables relaxation of the spirit is needed. And the painting is clever in representing the persons of the Fables. For it combines animals with men to make a chorus about Aesop, composed of the actors in his fables; and the fox is painted as leader of the chorus.[55]

With the advent of printing in Europe, various illustrators tried to recreate this scene. One of the earliest was in Spain's La vida del Ysopet
Ysopet
con sus fabulas historiadas (1489, see above). In France there was I. Baudoin's Fables d’Ésope Phrygien (1631) and Matthieu Guillemot's Les images ou tableaux de platte peinture des deux Philostrates (1637).[56] In England there was Francis Cleyn's frontispiece to John Ogilby's The Fables of Aesop[57] and the much later frontispiece to Godwin's Fables Ancient and Modern mentioned above in which the swarthy fabulist points out three of his characters to the children seated about him. Early on, the representation of Aesop
Aesop
as an ugly slave emerged. The later tradition which makes Aesop
Aesop
a black African resulted in depictions ranging from 17th-century engravings to a television portrayal by a black comedian. In general, beginning in the 20th century, plays have shown Aesop
Aesop
as a slave, but not ugly, while movies and television shows (such as The Bullwinkle Show[58]) have depicted him as neither ugly nor a slave. In 1843, the archaeologist Otto Jahn
Otto Jahn
suggested that Aesop
Aesop
was the person depicted on a Greek red-figure cup,[59] c.450 BCE, in the Vatican Museums.[60] Paul Zanker describes the figure as a man with "emaciated body and oversized head... furrowed brow and open mouth", who "listens carefully to the teachings of the fox sitting before him. He has pulled his mantle tightly around his meager body, as if he were shivering... he is ugly, with long hair, bald head, and unkempt, scraggly beard, and is clearly uncaring of his appearance."[61] Some archaeologists have suggested that the Hellenistic statue of a bearded hunchback with an intellectual appearance, discovered in the 18th century and pictured at the head of this article, also depicts Aesop, although alternative identifications have since been put forward.[62]

Portrait of Aesop
Aesop
by Velázquez in the Prado.

Aesop
Aesop
began to appear equally early in literary works. The 4th-century-BCE Athenian playwright Alexis put Aesop
Aesop
on the stage in his comedy "Aesop", of which a few lines survive (Athenaeus 10.432);[63] conversing with Solon, Aesop
Aesop
praises the Athenian practice of adding water to wine.[64] Leslie Kurke suggests that Aesop may have been "a staple of the comic stage" of this era.[65] The 3rd-century-BCE poet Poseidippus of Pella wrote a narrative poem entitled "Aesopia" (now lost), in which Aesop's fellow slave Rhodopis (under her original name Doricha) was frequently mentioned, according to Athenaeus
Athenaeus
13.596.[66] Pliny would later identify Rhodopis as Aesop's lover,[67] a romantic motif that would be repeated in subsequent popular depictions of Aesop. Aesop
Aesop
plays a fairly prominent part in Plutarch's conversation piece "The Banquet of the Seven Sages" in the 1st century AD and is there identified as the teller of amusing but moralistic fables.[68] The fabulist then makes a cameo appearance in the novel A True Story by the 2nd-century satirist Lucian; when the narrator arrives at the Island of the Blessed, he finds that " Aesop
Aesop
the Phrygian was there, too; he acts as their jester."[69] Beginning with the Heinrich Steinhowel
Heinrich Steinhowel
edition of 1476, many translations of the fables into European languages, which also incorporated Planudes' Life of Aesop, featured illustrations depicting him as a hunchback. The 1687 edition of Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
with His Life: in English, French and Latin[70] included 28 engravings by Francis Barlow that show him as a dwarfish hunchback (see in the section above), and his facial features appear to accord with his statement in the text (p. 7), "I am a Negro". The Spaniard Diego Velázquez
Diego Velázquez
painted a portrait of Aesop, dated 1639–40 and now in the collection of the Museo del Prado. The presentation is anachronistic and Aesop, while arguably not handsome, displays no physical deformities. It was partnered by another portrait of Menippus, a satirical philosopher equally of slave-origin. A similar philosophers series was painted by fellow Spaniard Jusepe de Ribera,[71] who is credited with two portraits of Aesop. "Aesop, poet of the fables" is in the El Escorial gallery and pictures him as an author leaning on a staff by a table which holds copies of his work, one of them a book with the name Hissopo on the cover.[72] The other is in the Museo de Prado, dated 1640–50 and titled " Aesop
Aesop
in beggar’s rags". There he is also shown at a table, holding a sheet of paper in his left hand and writing with the other.[73] While the former hints at his lameness and deformed back, the latter only emphasises his poverty. In 1690, French playwright Edmé Boursault's Les fables d'Esope (later known as Esope à la ville) premiered in Paris. A sequel, Esope à la cour[74] ( Aesop
Aesop
at Court), was first performed in 1701; drawing on a mention in Herodotus
Herodotus
2.134-5[75] that Aesop
Aesop
had once been owned by the same master as Rhodopis, and the statement in Pliny 36.17[76] that she was Aesop's concubine as well, the play introduced Rodope as Aesop's mistress, a romantic motif that would be repeated in later popular depictions of Aesop.

The beautiful Rhodope, in love with Aesop; engraving by Bartolozzi, 1782, after Kauffman's original

Sir John Vanbrugh's comedy "Aesop"[77] was premièred at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London, in 1697 and was frequently performed there for the next twenty years. A translation and adaptation of Boursault's Les fables d'Esope, Vanbrugh's play depicted a physically ugly Aesop
Aesop
acting as adviser to Learchus, governor of Cyzicus under King Croesus, and using his fables to solve romantic problems and quiet political unrest.[78] In 1780, the anonymously authored novelette The History and Amours of Rhodope was published in London. The story casts the two slaves Rhodope and Aesop
Aesop
as unlikely lovers, one ugly and the other beautiful; ultimately Rhodope is parted from Aesop
Aesop
and marries the Pharaoh of Egypt. Some editions of the volume were illustrated with an engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi
Francesco Bartolozzi
of a work by the painter Angelica Kauffman. Titled "The beautiful Rhodope in love with Aesop", it pictures Rhodope leaning on an urn; she holds out her hand to Aesop, who is seated under a tree and turns his head to look at her. His right arm rests on a cage of doves, towards which he gestures. There is some ambiguity here, for while the cage suggests the captive state of both of them, a raven perched outside the cage may allude to his supposed colour.[79] In fact, the whole picture is planned to suggest how different the couple are. Rhodope and Aesop
Aesop
lean on opposite elbows, gesture with opposite hands, and while Rhodope's hand is held palm upwards, Aesop's is held palm downwards. She stands while he sits; he is dressed in dark clothes, she in white. The theme of their relationship was taken up again in 1844 by Walter Savage Landor (author of Imaginary Conversations), who published two fictional dialogues between Aesop
Aesop
and Rhodope.[80] Later in the 19th century the subject of Aesop
Aesop
telling his tales was made popular by the painting of him entertaining the maids of Xanthus by Roberto Fontana (1844–1907).[81] A depiction of the fabulist surrounded by laughing young women, it went on to win a prize at the Milanese Brera Academy
Brera Academy
in 1876 and was then shown at the 1878 International Exhibition and the 11th exhibition of the Società di Belle Arti di Trieste in 1879. A later painting by Julian Russell Story widens Aesop's audience by showing people of both sexes and all ages enjoying his narration.[82] Though Aesop
Aesop
is pictured as ugly in both, his winning personality is suggested by his smiling face and lively gestures. 20th century and popular culture[edit] The 20th century saw the publication of three novels about Aesop. A.D. Wintle's Aesop
Aesop
(London, 1943) was a plodding fictional biography described in a review of the time as so boring that it makes the fables embedded in it seem ‘complacent and exasperating’.[83] The two others, preferring the fictional 'life' to any approach to veracity, are genre works. The most recent is John Vornholt's The Fabulist (1993) in which ‘an ugly, mute slave is delivered from wretchedness by the gods and blessed with a wondrous voice. [It is] the tale of a most unlikely adventurer, dispatched to far and perilous realms to battle impossible beasts and terrible magicks.’[84] The other novel was George S. Hellman’s Peacock's Feather (published in California in 1931). Its unlikely plot made it the perfect vehicle for the 1946 Hollywood spectacular, Night in Paradise. The perennial image of Aesop
Aesop
as an ugly slave is kept up in the movie, with a heavily disguised Turhan Bey
Turhan Bey
cast in the role. In a plot containing ‘some of the most nonsensical screen doings of the year’, he becomes entangled with the intended bride of King Croesus, a Persian princess played by Merle Oberon, and makes such a hash of it that he has to be rescued by the gods.[85] The 1953 teleplay Aesop
Aesop
and Rhodope takes up another theme of his fictional history.[86] Written by Helene Hanff, it was broadcast on Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame
with Lamont Johnson playing Aesop. The three-act A raposa e as uvas ("The Fox and the Grapes" 1953), marks Aesop's entry into Brazilian theatre. The three-act play was by Guilherme Figueiredo and has been performed in many countries, including a videotaped production in China in 2000 under the title Hu li yu pu tao or 狐狸与葡萄.[87] The play is described as an allegory about freedom with Aesop
Aesop
as the main character.[88] Beginning in 1959, animated shorts under the title Aesop
Aesop
and Son appeared as a recurring segment in the TV series Rocky and His Friends and its successor, The Bullwinkle Show.[58][89] The image of Aesop
Aesop
as ugly slave was abandoned; Aesop
Aesop
(voiced by Charles Ruggles), a Greek citizen, would recount a fable for the edification of his son, Aesop Jr., who would then deliver the moral in the form of an atrocious pun. Aesop's 1998 appearance in the episode "Hercules and the Kids"[90] in the animated TV series Hercules[91] (voiced by Robert Keeshan) amounted to little more than a cameo. Occasions on which Aesop
Aesop
is portrayed as black include Richard Durham's[92] Destination Freedom radio show broadcast (1949), where the drama "The Death of Aesop,"[93] portrays him as an Ethiopian. In 1971, Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
played Aesop
Aesop
in the TV production Aesop's Fables.[44] The musical Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
by British playwright Peter Terson was first produced in 1983.[46] In 2010, the play was staged at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, with Mhlekahi Mosiea as Aesop.[94] See also[edit]

Fable List of Aesop's Fables List of slaves

Notes[edit]

^ West, pp. 106 and 119. ^ Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World (hereafter BNP) 1:256. ^ Callimachus. Iambus 2 (Loeb fragment 192) ^ Maximus of Tyre, Oration 36.1 ^ Aristotle. Rhetoric 2.20 Archived 2011-05-24 at the Wayback Machine.. ^ Herodotus. Histories 2.134 Archived 2012-05-21 at the Wayback Machine.. ^ Plutarch. On the Delays of Divine Vengeance; Banquet of the Seven Sages; Life of Solon. ^ Kurke 2010, p. 135. ^ Perry, Ben Edwin. Introduction to Babrius
Babrius
and Phaedrus, pp. xxxviii–xlv. ^ BNP 1:256. ^ Phaedrus 1.2 ^ William Hansen, review of Vita Aesopi: Ueberlieferung, Sprach und Edition einer fruehbyzantinischen Fassung des Aesopromans by Grammatiki A. Karla in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.09.39 Archived 2010-05-05 at the Wayback Machine.. ^ Leslie Kurke, " Aesop
Aesop
and the Contestation of Delphic Authority", in The Cultures Within Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
Culture: Contact, Conflict, Collaboration, ed. Carol Dougherty and Leslie Kurke, p. 77. ^ François Lissarrague, "Aesop, Between Man and Beast: Ancient Portraits and Illustrations", in Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art, ed. Beth Cohen (hereafter, Lissarrague), p. 133. ^ Lissarrague, p. 113. ^ BNP 1:257; West, p. 121; Hägg, p. 47. ^ Hägg, p. 47; also West, p. 122. ^ Athenaeus
Athenaeus
13.82 Archived 2010-12-12 at the Wayback Machine.. ^ Plato, Phaedo 61b Archived 2010-01-23 at the Wayback Machine.. ^ Diogenes Laertius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers 2.5.42 Archived 2010-03-02 at the Wayback Machine.: "He also composed a fable, in the style of Aesop, not very artistically, and it begins— Aesop
Aesop
one day did this sage counsel give / To the Corinthian magistrates: not to trust / The cause of virtue to the people's judgment." ^ Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights 2.29. ^ Perry, Ben E. " Demetrius of Phalerum
Demetrius of Phalerum
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Adrado, Francisco Rodriguez, 1999–2003. History of the Graeco-Latin Fable
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Aesop
and the Contestation of Delphic Authority" by Leslie Kurke. Driberg, J. H., 1932. "Aesop", The Spectator, vol. 148 #5425, June 18, 1932, pp. 857–8. Hansen, William (editor), 1998. Anthology of Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
Popular Literature. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Includes The Aesop Romance (The Book of Xanthus the Philosopher and Aesop
Aesop
His Slave or The Career of Aesop), translated by Lloyd W. Daly. Hägg, Tomas, 2004. Parthenope: Selected Studies in Ancient Greek Fiction (1969–2004). Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press. Includes Hägg's "A Professor and his Slave: Conventions and Values in The Life of Aesop", first published in 1997. Hansen, William, 2004. Review of Vita Aesopi: Ueberlieferung, Sprach und Edition einer fruehbyzantinischen Fassung des Aesopromans by Grammatiki A. Karla. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.09.39. Holzberg, Niklas, 2002. The Ancient Fable: An Introduction, translated by Christine Jackson-Holzberg. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University press. Keller, John E., and Keating, L. Clark, 1993. Aesop's Fables, with a Life of Aesop. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press. English translation of the first Spanish edition of Aesop
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from 1489, La vida del Ysopet
Ysopet
con sus fabulas historiadas including original woodcut illustrations; the Life of Aesop
Aesop
is a version from Planudes. Kurke, Leslie, 2010. Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose. Princeton University Press. Leake, William Martin, 1856. Numismata Hellenica: A Catalogue of Greek Coins. London: John Murray. Loveridge, Mark, 1998. A History of Augustan Fable. Cambridge University Press. Lobban, Richard A., Jr., 2002. "Was Aesop
Aesop
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Aesop
as an Archetypal Hero. Studies and Research 39. Athens: Hellenic Society for Humanistic Studies. Penella, Robert J., 2007. Man and the Word: The Orations of Himerius." Berkeley: University of California Press. Perry, Ben Edwin (translator), 1965. Babrius
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and Phaedrus. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Philipott, Tho. (translator), 1687. Aesop's Fables
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with His Life: in English, French and Latin. London: printed for H. Hills jun. for Francis Barlow. Includes Philipott's English translation of Planudes' Life of Aesop
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with illustrations by Francis Barlow. Reardon, B. P. (editor), 1989. Collected Ancient Greek
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Further reading[edit]

Anonymous, 1780. The History and Amours of Rhodope. London: Printed for E.M Diemer. Caxton, William, 1484. The history and fables of Aesop, Westminster. Modern reprint edited by Robert T. Lenaghan (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1967). Includes Caxton's Epilogue to the Fables, dated March 26, 1484. Compton, Todd, 1990. "The Trial of the Satirist: Poetic Vitae (Aesop, Archilochus, Homer) as Background for Plato's Apology", The American Journal of Philology, Vol. 111, No. 3 (Autumn 1990), pp. 330–347. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. Daly, Lloyd W., 1961. Aesop
Aesop
without Morals: The Famous Fables, and a Life of Aesop, Newly Translated and Edited. New York and London: Thomas Yoseloff. Includes Daly's translation of The Aesop
Aesop
Romance. Gibbs, Laura. "Life of Aesop: The Wise Fool and the Philosopher", Journey to the Sea (online journal), issue 9, March 1, 2009. Sluiter, Ineke and Rosen, Ralph M. (editors), 2008. Kakos: Badness and Anti-value in Classical Antiquity. Mnemosyne: Supplements. History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity; 307. Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. Includes "Ugliness and Value in the Life of Aesop" by Jeremy B. Lefkowitz.

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