Aesop's fables

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Noun1.Aesop's fables - a collection of fables believed to have been written by the Greek storyteller AesopAesop's fables - a collection of fables believed to have been written by the Greek storyteller Aesop
allegory, apologue, parable, fable - a short moral story (often with animal characters)
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1610, a learned Swiss, Isaac Nicholas Nevelet, sent forth the third printed edition of these fables, in a work entitled "Mythologia Aesopica.
It proves impossible to establish when the fables that appear under the name of Aesop, a figure conventionally dated to the sixth century, first came into circulation in Greece; however, the close overlap between the stories found in the much later collection of the Aesopica and the fables incorporated into the iambic, elegiac, and lyric poetry of the seventh and sixth centuries suggests an early diffusion for many of the tales and their familiarity to audiences both popular and elite.
For the fifth-century poet Avianus' "De luscinia," see the text on-line at the Aesopica website of Laura Gibbs, http://www.