Aesop

Moros

Ad Honorem
Jun 2012
3,093
#1
I've read that some of his (or attributed to him) fables include biographical details or were used to illustrate a point at some historical meeting/event. Does anyone know anything about this?

Also, do the animals and plants (lions, peacocks, monkeys, camels, whales, vines, fig, olive, etc) featured in the tales give any indication as to where the fables originated geographically?
 
May 2019
6
Belgium
#2
I imagine the fables settled in Greece.

About animals, in ancient time lions existed in Greece (at least until the 1th century bc)

Monkey, elephants, crocodiles, hippopotamus lived in Libya and Egypt at this time. So mycenian and archaic Greeks knew them and eventually bought them
 
Nov 2016
683
Germany
#3
I've read that some of his (or attributed to him) fables include biographical details or were used to illustrate a point at some historical meeting/event.
The view that fables serve basically a socially critical purpose is old, but somewhat one-sided, since many fables deviate from this scheme. Originally they served to present an idea or an argument in a vivid and convincing way, so they were a rhetorical instrument. Aesop (6th century BCE) is regarded as the first classical fable poet. According to Herodotus, he lived as a slave on Samos. In ancient times, he was regarded as the founder of the fable genre. However, according to modern knowledge, the fables that became known under his name were written much later (2nd-4th century CE), which of course means that they do not have an autobiographical context that you ask for. Many of them are adaptations of fables of Phaedrus.
 
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May 2019
6
Belgium
#4
The view that fables serve basically a socially critical purpose is old, but somewhat one-sided, since many fables deviate from this scheme. Originally they served to present an idea or an argument in a vivid and convincing way, so they were a rhetorical instrument. Aesop (6th century BCE) is regarded as the first classical fable poet. According to Herodotus, he lived as a slave on Samos. In ancient times, he was regarded as the founder of the fable genre. However, according to modern knowledge, the fables that became known under his name were written much later (2nd-4th century CE), which of course means that they do not have an autobiographical context that you ask for. Many of them are adaptations of fables of Phaedrus.
It seem that this Aesop never existed. In fact there is 99% chance that exotic animals were added long time after the supposed existence of aesop (surely during hellenistic time)
 
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