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Aesop was a slave and story teller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. He is also credited with telling many fables, or moral tales, that are still popular today. Here is the list of Aesop's fables that we have available at PopularFairyTales.com.

A Raven And A Swan Moral: A change of habits will not alter nature.
Belling The Cat Moral: It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it.
Hercules And The Wagoner Moral: Self help is the best help. Heaven helps those who help themselves.
The Ants And The Grasshopper Moral: There's a time for work and a time for play.
The Ass And His Driver Moral: They who will not listen to reason but stubbornly go their own way against the friendly advice of those who are wiser than they, are on the road to misfortune.
The Ass And The Load Of Salt Moral: The same measures will not suit all circumstances.
The Ass Carrying The Image Moral: Do not try to take the credit to yourself that is due to others.
The Boy And The Filberts Moral: Do not attempt too much at once.
The Boys And The Frogs Moral: Always stop to think whether your fun may not be the cause of another's unhappiness.
The Bundle Of Sticks Moral: In unity is strength.
The Crow And The Pitcher Moral: In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out.
The Dog, The Cock, And The Fox Moral: Those who try to deceive may expect to be paid in their own coin.
The Eagle And The Jackdaw Moral: Do not let your vanity make you overestimate your powers.
The Farmer And The Stork Moral: You are judged by the company you keep.
The Fox And The Goat Moral: Look before you leap.
The Fox And The Grapes Moral: In unity is strength.
The Frogs And The Ox Moral: Do not attempt the impossible.
The Frogs Who Wished For A King Moral: Be sure you can better your condition before you seek to change.
The Gnat And The Bull Moral: We are often of greater importance in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbor. OR The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
The Goose And The Golden Egg Moral: Those who have plenty want more and so lose all they have.
The Hare And The Tortoise Moral: slow and steady wins the race
The Kid And The Wolf Moral: Do not say anything at any time that you would not say at all times.
The Leap At Rhodes Moral: Deeds count, not boasting words.
The Lion And The Ass Moral: Do not resent the remarks of a fool. Ignore them.
The Lion And The Gnat Moral: The least of our enemies is often the most to be feared. OR Pride over a success should not throw us off our guard.
The Lion And The Mouse Moral: A kindness is never wasted.
The Oak And The Reeds Moral: Better to yield when it is folly to resist, than to resist stubbornly and be destroyed.
The Owl And The Grasshopper Moral: Flattery is not a proof of true admiration. OR Do not let flattery throw you off your guard against an enemy.
The Oxen And The Wheels Moral: They complain most who suffer least.
The Plane Tree Our best blessings are often the least appreciated.
The Rat And The Elephant Moral: A resemblance to the great in some things does not make us great.
The Sheep And The Pig Moral: It is easy to be brave when there is no danger.
The Shepherd Boy And The Wolf Moral: Liars are not believed even when they speak the truth.
The Tortoise And The Ducks Moral: Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune.
The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse Moral: Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
The Travelers And The Purse Moral: We cannot expect any one to share our misfortunes unless we are willing to share our good fortune also.
The Two Goats Moral: It is better to yield than to come to misfortune through stubbornness.
The Wolf And His Shadow Moral: Do not let your fancy make you forget realities.
The Wolf And The Crane Moral: Expect no reward for serving the wicked.
The Wolf And The Kid Moral: Do not let anything turn you from your purpose.
The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing Moral: The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit.
The Young Crab And His Mother Moral: Do not tell others how to act unless you can set a good example.

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Aesop Factoids

  • As a freed man, Aesop had permission to take an interest in public affairs. He raised himself from the indignity of slavery to a position of high renown.
  • Legend says that Aesop went to Delphi on a diplomatic mission from King Croesus of Lydia. He insulted the Delphians and was sentenced to death on a bogus charge of temple theft. He was thrown from a cliff by the Delphians. Of course, this was probably just myth.
  • Although Aesop was famous for his fables, he did not invent the form of story. The first known ancient Greek fable with tlaking animals was called the Fable of the Hawk and the Nightingale, which was written almost 3 centuries before Aesop's time.

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Although Aesop is attributed with creating all of the above fables, it is unlikely that he created them entirely himself. In fact, there are such conflicting accounts of his life that it is even possible he never really existed and the fables were just attributed to a fictional character called Aesop.


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