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||.||.|
Mercury and the Workmen A WORKMAN, felling wood by the side of a river, let his axe drop - by accident into a deep pool. Being thus deprived of the means of his livelihood, he sat down on the bank and lamented his hard fate. Mercury appeared and demanded the cause of his tears. After he told him his misfortune, Mercury plunged into the stream, and, bringing up a golden axe, inquired if that were the one he had lost. On his saying that it was not his, Mercury disappeared beneath the water a second time, returned with a silver axe in his hand, and again asked the Workman if it were his. When the Workman said it was not, he dived into the pool for the third time and brought up the axe that had been lost. The Workman claimed it and expressed his joy at its recovery. Mercury, pleased with his honesty, gave him the golden and silver axes in addition to his own. The Workman, on his return to his house, related to his companions all that had happened. One of them at once resolved to try and secure the same good fortune for himself. He ran to the river and threw his axe on purpose into the pool at the same place, and sat down on the bank to weep. Mercury appeared to him just as he hoped he would; and having learned the cause of his grief, plunged into the stream and brought up a golden axe, inquiring if he had lost it. The Workman seized it greedily, and declared that truly it was the very same axe that he had lost. Mercury, displeased at his knavery, not only took away the golden axe, but refused to recover for him the axe he had thrown into the pool.
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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