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Aesop . a nd his Fables . Aesop. ancient Greek storyteller; lived around 550 BC also a slave in the home of a wealthy Roman family l egend says Aesop’s master was so pleased with Aesop’s fables he granted Aesop his freedom. Aesop. no records exist to show Aesop ever wrote anything down

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aesop

Aesop

and his Fables

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Aesop
  • ancient Greek storyteller; lived around 550 BC
  • also a slave in the home of a wealthy Roman family
  • legend says Aesop’s master was so pleased with Aesop’s fables he granted Aesop his freedom
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Aesop
  • no records exist to show Aesop ever wrote anything down
  • fables were written down by others after his death
  • met with a violent death at the hands of the inhabitants of Delphi but reason is unknown
his fables
His Fables
  • Fables: “short narratives that use animal characters with human features to convey folk wisdom and to help us understand human nature and human behavior”
  • specifically, use animals to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next
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His Fables
  • originally passed down through oral tradition and were eventually written down
  • Aesop’s fables have been linked to earlier beast tales from India and later written down by the Greeks and Romans
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