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Aesop and his fables. Ashley Hill . Who is Aesop?. Aesop was an ancient Greek citizen. He is thought to have lived around 500 BC. He was born a slave and was owned by two different masters before gaining freedom for his intelligence

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who is aesop
Who is Aesop?
  • Aesop was an ancient Greek citizen.
  • He is thought to have lived around 500 BC.
  • He was born a slave and was owned by two different masters before gaining freedom for his intelligence
  • Aesop was executed after being accused of stealing a gold bowl from the King of Delphi.
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Background:

Greece

  • Greece is a country on the continent of Europe.
  • The capital of Greece is Athens.
  • It is largely made up of mountains and contains a lot of islands.
  • Greece has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers.
aesop s fables
Aesop’s Fables
  • Aesop told his fables as he went from place to place; he became a very famous storyteller.
  • He has been given credit for hundreds of fables, but he probably didn’t write them all.
  • Fable: a short story, typically with animals, that relates a moral or lesson.
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Aesop’s fables
  • All of the fables we will read in class are classified as Aesop’s Fables.
  • One of Aesop’s most famous fables is The Tortoise and the Hare.
  • Most of Aesop’s Fables use animals as the main characters.
  • No one knows if Aesop everwrote any of his fables down,but others who heard them began to publish the stories.
aesop s f amous f able the tortoise and the hare
Aesop’s famous fable:The Tortoise and the Hare
  • We will be reading this fable in class, but here will we analyze the structure to show the common features of an Aesopian fable.
  • Characters: 2 main; a tortoise and a hare
    • Personification
  • Length: short; about 2-3 paragraphs maximum
    • Actual length depends on the version
  • Moral: clearly shown; “slow and steady wins the race”
    • The moral is often what you will remember.
fables aesop s or not
Fables:Aesop’s or not?

Take a look at the fables below -- not all of them are Aesop’s!

where are aesop s fables today
Where are Aesop’s fables today?
  • There are many places to find Aesop’s fables, and many have been given a modern twist.
  • The University of Massachusetts has an art class that has been working since 1994 to illustrate many fables in a modern setting.
  • Walt Disney even released an animated version of Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare!
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