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In all likelihood, Aesop was just as invented as his fantastic fables. Allegorical tales of birds and beasts, the fables are humorous, inspirational, and often astonishingly pragmatic. They expose the superstitions and customs of the Greeks, as well as their love of life and common sense. Perhaps the original treatise of self-help, Aesop’s Fables is full of advice for life,
whether it be affirming, silly, or profoundly insightful.

D. L. Ashliman is emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught folklore, mythology, German, and comparative literature at that institution for thirty-one years.
He has also served as guest professor at the University of Augsburg in Germany.


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