The translations marked with the symbol to the right are by George Fyler Townsend (1814-1900) and are generally circulating on the internet. It’s these fables alone that you will find on most web sites featuring Aesop’s fables.[Read more…] about Townsend Introduction
Below is the preface in the Townsend file. I’ve moved the various footnotes into the text for clarity. Where fables are mentioned, they are linked in the text.[Read more…] about Townsend Preface
[Read more…] about The Mole and His Mother
A young Mole insisted he could see though blind from birth. His Mother put some incense before him and he knew not what it was. Not only blind but no smell.
Nobody would notice imperfections if people did not try to conceal them.
[Read more…] about The Brother and The Sister
An ugly sister was jealous of her handsome brother. Father said not to be as beauty is more than skin deep.
Inner beauty is better than outer beauty.
[Read more…] about The Frog and The Ox
A frog inflates itself bragging he can be as big as an ox or bull. Too big, too bad. Pop.
Conceit may lead to self-destruction.
[Read more…] about The Stag at The Pool
A Stag admired his antlers in a pool but was chased away by a hunter. The hunter was able to catch up when the Stag got his antlers caught in a tree.
We often despise what is most useful to us.