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." This was a noble effort to do honor to the great fabulist, and was the most perfect collection of Aesopian fables ever yet published.
The double agent angle comes when the film reaches the climax, and viewers find that Marwan has been advising Sadat to stage fake readiness of launching a war, time after time, till the Israelis are no longer moved by any threats, citing Aesopica's story The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
(25.) 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.
Aesopica, the Syriac Kalilah wa-Dimnah, and the Demotic Myth of the Eye