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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (June 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199540756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540754
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "'Laura Gibbs has recently brought out a splendid translation with a very helpful introduction of the bulk of the fables in the Oxford World's Classics.'"--Gabriel Josipovici, TLS


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Laura Gibbs completed her M.Phil. in European Literature at St Antony's College, Oxford and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. She has also studied and taught at the Centre for the Study of Anthropology and the Ancient World at the University of Siena in Italy. She is currently employed as a specialist in academic computing at the University of Oklahoma where she is developing Latin and Greek teaching tools for use on the Internet.

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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By mythgirl on August 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This translation of Aesop's fables (600 of them!) contains detailed references for people interested in finding out more about the Greek and Latin originals. And contrary to the comments of jennal24, the gender of the animals in this translation follows the gender of the animal names in Latin and Greek - since the fox (alopeks) is feminine in Greek, that's why monkey is a "she". there's nothing feminist about this: it's just grammar. too bad jenna124 has no idea what s/he is talking about. anyway, if you want to find out about the hundreds of Greek and Latin fables and need an English translation, this is a great place to begin. none of the other books of Aesop's fables in English contains as complete a selection of fables as this Oxford World's Classics version.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Willis G. Regier on March 2, 2006
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Perhaps there are versions of Aesop that readers would enjoy more, and there are plenty of editions that come with engaging illustrations, but if a reader wants to get as close as possible to Aesop's Greek, this is the edition to buy. All of the prior great translators of Aesop have been British--Caxton, L'Estrange, Ogilby, Croxall, Clarke, James, Townsend, Jacobs, and Jones--and of these only Jacobs was a serious Aesop scholar. Laura Gibbs is a scholar as well as a translator; she bases her translations on the best editions; she includes more fables (to show historical variation, some fables appear twice); she provides a better introduction and much better notes than competing editions. Gibbs's volume also has the best index of any Aesop in English. This is an edition worthy of the Oxford imprint, and the first thorough translation of Aesop by an American since Lloyd Daly's AESOP WITHOUT MORALS (1961, now out of print). To experience the immensity and complexity of Aesop, try this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Armando-Malwani on February 28, 2010
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Excellent reference for for the novice story teller. This book is cheat sheet for the complete Aesop's fables and also gives you the take home message. I grew up hearing Aesop and wanted my kids to have the same experience. This is definitely not for reading to the kids verbatim. I highly recommend it for the storyteller parent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe63251 on May 31, 2011
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I have loved Aesop's Fables for many years. This edition (Kindle) is the best I've read. Not only did the editor/author cross-reference and arrange the fables in easy form, reading them on the Kindle makes the reference experience excellent.

Some other reviews disagree with the analysis the book gives to many of the fables. The purpose of the Fables has for thousands of years been for the reader to decide what lessons to take from them. That has not changed. That this edition includes summaries and conclusions that were added and debated over millennia ADDS to its value. I don't think audiences have forgotten to think for themselves as other reviewers claim.

Aesop's Fables have provided intellectual fodder for generations and still does not disappoint. It is a great way to introduce kids to critical thinking and debate.

My only slight critique is it needs a detailed table of contents, but the Kindle's search capabilities makes up for it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Theo Ford on November 5, 2007
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Although, I haven't finish reading all of the fables, however, the ones that I have read are enobling for educators and any serious literature reader. I reccomend the Oxford classic of Asop's Fables for anyone who love reading great literature.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Pundit on August 15, 2007
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We may never really know the true identity of Aesop the Man. But his legacy lives on in these fables,
the morals of which can still find relevance in today's society.
For those of you, whom are easily offended some of the fables bring up racial differences that may upset you.
In particular fable 361:~ The Black man in the river, but then you would be merely taking things out of context of the time in which it was written.
I found fable 136:~ The man and his daughter particularly sad and unpleasant, but it does remind you of the bad side of Human Nature.
These fables express what being Human is all about, the bad and the good.
I never tire of re-reading this book, and I think you won't either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Giese on February 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was given a similar book over 55 years ago. The book was a gift from my grandfather when I was 7 years old. It was lost many years ago, and now I relive both those days and the moralistic views of Aesop that had such a profound effect on that young boy's outlook on life. This is a book for the children of all generations, for it is timeless in its everlasting tales. But as an adult, it also functions to remind us that sometimes we need to refresh our outlook on life.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keegan Bucy on December 18, 2005
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The major advantage of this translation is it is a large collection. Other unexpurgated translations only have about half. I also appreciate Gibbs' readable style and her arrangement of the fables into subject matter. I knocked off one star mainly because these are not the best stories I've read, but they are interesting in a certain way.
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