Fables, Original and Selected (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Fables, Original and Selected In pronouncing upon the native land of a Fable from this kind of evidence. However. We must be careful to exclude from the list all those of modern growth not merely because the origin of most of them is known. But because the diffusion of knowledge among Europeans has become so extensive, that scholars have nearly as great facilities for forming an intimate acquaintance with the animals and other peculiar productions, manners. Customs, and costume of distant countries, as with those of their own. This. No doubt, will tend more and more. As society advances, and as dates become confused by time. To render intrinsic evidence of less value than it has been. Or now is but there will always be considerable utility in this testimony. No one for instance. Will ever mistake the well known Fable of the Consultation of Tradesmen, respecting the building of a city wall, to belong to any country. But such as had Municipal Institutions at the date of its composition. It is said to have been derived from the Dutch - the people who first obtained civil freedom in modern times. Unless indeed we call the government of the despotic oligarchy of Venice. Freedom. - And again. No critic will have the least hesitation in saying that The Elephant and the Bookseller. Could not have emanated from India. The invention of Fables is claimed for the Hindoos by their own traditions. Together with that of decimal operations in figures. And the game of chess. It is supposed. However. That they have no apologues so ancient as those contained in the Bible though, as they have Fables coeval with the earliest writings in their language. It is probably the want of an accurate chronology only which renders as unwilling to concede to them the precedence. Long before the period assigned to the first recorded Fable. The Arabian and Egyptian merchants had established an intercourse with Hindostan, and had no doubt profited from their superior learning, as well as from their commerce; and Moses. And through him the Israelites. One of whom, as before stated. Was the author of the first known Fable. Were skilled in the learning of the Egyptians. Be this as it may. However, it has been ascertained beyond controversy, that many of the Greek narratives relating to their gods and early fabulous heroes. Were originally found in Hindoo tradition which has also supplied materials for many of the popular stories of all the modern nations of Europe. The old Italian. Spanish and French novelists, the poets. Our own Chaucer. Even Shakspere. Have all been indebted to Hindostan for some of their delightful fictions. The story of the pound of ﬂesh, which forms the main incident in the exquisite play of The Merchant of Venice. The source of which so long bafiled the research of critics and antiquaries. Has of late years been distinctly traced to the East. Our nursery tales of Jack the Giant Killer. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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- 10 Dec 2017
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