Following is the Preface from the James Northcote 1828 book of 100 selected fables. An engraving of Northcote and the end engraving are placed on this page for reference. Also, the Northcote fables are sometimes exact copies of translations found in other sources posted on FablesOfAesop. If that’s the case, only the extra comments made by Northcote and the illustrations are posted here. Finally, the illustrations at the end of many of the fables have nothing to do with the fables they are attached to or to the next fable in order. They are posted here in the order they appear in the book with no attempt to find the right fable they go with.[Read more…] about James Northcote Preface
Throughout history fables have been a popular method of giving instruction. Fables contain a short narrative that seeks to illustrate a hidden message. Generally, fables use animals or objects as part of the narrative yet the message is designed to apply to humans. By doing this, the fabulist is not perceived as the teacher and this reduces any bias the listeners might have against the person. The most famous fabulist would be Aesop who most date around 620 B.C. Many fables are attributed to Aesop, but it’s unclear how many he actually wrote; indeed, his historical existence as a person is under question. I’ve collected many of them here for your enjoyment. A number of translations were found and the fables collected. Several different translations and interpretations of the same fable may be found on many of the pages here; including, now and again, a simplified version I wrote.[Read more…] about Aesop’s Fables Home Page
A Drone asked a Snail how it had the patience to journey so slowly. The Snail answered that the Drone leaves no mark of its passing.
While alive, live well.
A Philosopher spent all on a talkative Parrot so that the Parrot could teach him things he had never heard from others.
Having a free tongue may be more of a hindrance than help.
A Butterfly was seen by a Snail who berated it for its color. Butterfly responded he was colored by nature as are others. The Snail was a foil to this.
Don’t reject the ornamental when given by nature.
People were heaping false praise on Caligula on a horse. The horse threw him and was raised to high position because of being the only honest one.
The honest man carries preference in esteem.