Our online collection of Aesop's Fables includes a total of 655+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed. There are many more on the way. Most were translated into English by Rev. George Fyler Townsend (1814-1900) and Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) the rest are from Jean De La Fontaine in French and translated to English by several good internet souls.
Included are Real Audio narrations, Classic Images, Random Images, Random Fables, Search Engine and much more on the way. Recently added are 127 Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen.
Nearly as old as the Olympics, bigger than Dinosaur, older than the Titanic, more complex than Pokemon and more of them than Beanie Babies are Aesop's Fables. Every day hundreds of entire classrooms of kids from all over the world stop by to read, learn and enhance their living experience. This website is widely read by all cultures from all over the world. Next time you are using napster and downloading mp3 files, stop by here while that runs in the background.
When we browse the collection, suddenly we are sated with such morals as Clumsy Jesting Is No Joke, A Man Is Known By The Company He Keeps, and Union Gives Strength. It's the place to go when you want sharp insights, gentle humor, and lessons in life. - YAHOO
Come on in and enjoy the ageless and timeless wisdom of Aesop and his Fables - the truest family fun on the Internet.
| The Fables are alphabetically arranged disregarding "The".|
The Images and Audio are only accessible while reading the Fables in these sections and are noted accordingly.
There are about 100 Fables in each of the first 4 sections.
Note: I have added a flash mp3 player to all audio enabled fables.
|Section 1||Androcles -> The Eagle and the Arrow|
|Section 2||The Eagle and the Jackdaw -> Jupiter Neptune Minerva and Momus|
|Section 3||The Kid and the Wolf -> The Rich Man and the Tanner|
|Section 4||The Rose and the Amaranth -> The Young Thief and His Mother|
|Section 5||Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce - 245 Fables|
|Section 6||Fables of Jean De La Fontaine - More in process of being translated|
|Selected Fables||86 Fables selected for their ease of reading and concise moral understanding|
|Fairy Tales||Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - 127 of them|
|Timeline||Graphic Timeline of 1000 BC - 500 BC|
|Timeline All||Java Panorama Graphic Timeline of 1000 BC - 1000 AD|
|A Kidnapped Santa Claus||A Short story by L. Frank Baum|
|The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus||A medium length story by L. Frank Baum|
|A Christmas Carol||The story of Scrooge by Charles Dickens|
|Tallys:||Fables - 640||Fontaine Fables - 21|
|Images - 134||Real Audio - 36||Stories - 3|
|Fairy Tales - 127||.||.|
The Salt Merchant and His Ass A PEDDLER drove his Ass to the seashore to buy salt. His road home lay across a stream into which his Ass, making a false step, fell by accident and rose up again with his load considerably lighter, as the water melted the sack. The Peddler retraced his steps and refilled his panniers with a larger quantity of salt than before. When he came again to the stream, the Ass fell down on purpose in the same spot, and, regaining his feet with the weight of his load much diminished, brayed triumphantly as if he had obtained what he desired. The Peddler saw through his trick and drove him for the third time to the coast, where he bought a cargo of sponges instead of salt. The Ass, again playing the fool, fell down on purpose when he reached the stream, but the sponges became swollen with water, greatly increasing his load. And thus his trick recoiled on him, for he now carried on his back a double burden.
For more information about the fables and this site click Here.
For information on what a fable is and what makes it different from a tale or parable see
Selected Preface in Section 1. Be sure to see the full preface and the 'Life of Aesop' in
section 1. See also Aesop at Wikipedia,
Fable at Wikipedia.
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John R. Long