Although the Greek slave Aesop was executed over 2,000 years ago, his fables continue to exert a strong influence on readers of all ages. They are well known to children even before they can read and form an essential part of our moral
education, while the language they use has been absorbed into our most colloquial speech.
Expressions such as 'to cry wolf, 'be a Jog in the manger' or 'sour grapes' have become shorthand for behaviour that is unwise, unjust or downright deplorable. As readers, we can learn from the exploits of the sly fox, the greedy wolf and the foolish ass, but Aesop also wanted to point out the cruelty and vanity ot mankind, and this he achieves with wit, clarity and wisdom.
This collection contains the most famous fables of Aesop.
Together they present a moral framework that has remained unchanged throughout the centuries.