The actual Aesop--a small collection of Aesopic
fables which is sometimes assigned to Lydgate's earliest period, perhaps to his residence at Oxford--is pointless enough, and contrasts very unfavourably with Henderson's.
tragic compositions, but also to "all kinds of narratives, including the Aesopic
fables" (William F.
"Cipion, Berganza, and the Aesopic
Tradition." Cervantes 23 (2003): 141-63.
While the agents of verbal and pictorial domains are in competition in chapter three, they work in partnership in Acheson's final chapter, "NATURE: 'Surveying Nature, with too nice a view': Naturalistic, Realistic, Anatomical, and Allegorical Animals in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko." Here Acheson begins with a discussion of three early modern genres dealing with animals: natural history, comparative anatomy, and "the illustrated Aesopic
The connection drawn between words, images, and empiricism enables a smooth transition to the final chapter, which discusses three popular approaches to representing animals during the period: natural history, which used generalised images supported by descriptive text to educate readers; comparative anatomy, in which they were represented through images of dissection; and the Aesopic
fable which ironically sets natural history illustrations alongside allegorical stories.
Perry, Babriu.s and Fhaedrus: Newly Edited and Translated into English, together with an Historical Introduction and a Comprehensive Survey of Greek and Latin Fables in the Aesopic
Tradition, LCL (Cambridge: Harvard Univ.
(25) In the scenario that the Aesopic
account (169 Perry) describes, a citified youth "eats up" his patrimony until he has only a cloak to call his own.
The topics include the culture of word-games among the graffiti of Pompeii, riddling and ancient Greek divination, Nicander's Aesopic
acrostic and its antidote, Greek acrostic verse inscriptions, and Ausonius' Griphus ternarii numeri.
This is very important: it means that Curtius developed his own Aesopic
idiom to express his criticism of a Roman emperor or emperors.