The Ancient Fable

The Ancient Fable : An Introduction

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We are all familiar with the moralizing animal tales ascribed to Aesop. Described as fiction that conveys truths, fables can be found in some of the earliest Greek literature and have been an important component of European literature ever since. The fable as a literary form is a subject to which scholars of various modern literatures have recently turned their attention, but ancient Greek and Latin texts of this kind have fared less well. In The Ancient Fable: An Introduction, Niklas Holzberg provides the first one-volume study of the fable's history in antiquity, using the methods of modern literary criticism to describe its development. Holzberg considers-not only in terms of literary history, but also in individual analyses-fables used by many Greek and Roman authors in varying contexts as exempla; the verse fable books of Phaedrus, Babrius, and Avianus; and finally one Greek and one Latin prose fable book, both dating from the time of the Roman Empire and both attributed to more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 124.5 x 220.5 x 13.2mm | 204.12g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025321548X
  • 9780253215482
  • 1,347,167

About Niklas Holzberg

Niklas Holzberg, Professor of Classics at the University of Munich, is a renowned authority on classical literature, having published extensively on ancient fiction, Roman elegy, and the Aesop tradition.Christine Jackson-Holzberg is translator of The Ancient Novel: An Introduction, also by Niklas more

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AbbreviationsThe Fables and Their Scholars1. The Fable as Exemplum in Poetry and ProseGreek Literature; The Archaic and Classical Periods; The Hellenistic Fable Repertorium; The Imperial Age; Roman Literature2. Fable Books in VersePhaedrus, Fabulae Aesopiae; Babrius, Mythiambi Aesopei; Avianus, Fabulae3. Fable Books in Prose"The Life and Fables of Aesop"; "The Life ...": the Aesop Romance; "... and Fables of Aesop": the Collectio Augustana; Aesopus LatinusReferences; General Index; Index Locorumshow more

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