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Babrius and Phaedrus. Newly edited and translated into English, together with an historical introduction and a comprehensive survey of Greek and Latin fables in the Aesopic tradition,

Author: Babrius.; B E Perry; Phaedrus.
Publisher: London, W. Heinemann; Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1965.
Series: Loeb classical library.
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BABRIUS is the reputed author of a collection (discovered in the 19th century) of more than 125 fables based on 'Aesop's', in Greek verse. He may have been a 'Hellenised' Roman living in Asia Minor during the late 1st century after Christ. The fables are all in one metre and in very good style, terse, humorous and pointed. Some are original. PHAEDRUS, born in Macedonia, flourished in the early half of the 1st  Read more...
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Babrius.
Babrius and Phaedrus.
London, W. Heinemann; Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1965
(OCoLC)551527806
Named Person: Aesop.; Caius Julius Babrius
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Babrius.; B E Perry; Phaedrus.
ISBN: 0674994809 9780674994805
OCLC Number: 310107
Notes: Greek and English or Latin and English on opposite pages.
Description: cii, 634 pages 17 cm.
Contents: INTRODUCTION: The aesopic fable in antiquity. Nature and origin of fable. Aesop. Babrius. Phaedrus --
BABRIUS: Introduction. Text and translation of the metrically extant fables --
PHAEDRUS: Introduction. Text and translation of the metrically extant fables --
APPENDIX: An analytical survey of Greek and Latin fables in the Aesopic tradition --
INDICES: Index of fables. Index of proper nouns and adjectives occurring within the fables.
Series Title: Loeb classical library.
Other Titles: Fabulae Aesopeae.
Responsibility: by Ben Edwin Perry.

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BABRIUS is the reputed author of a collection (discovered in the 19th century) of more than 125 fables based on 'Aesop's', in Greek verse. He may have been a 'Hellenised' Roman living in Asia Minor during the late 1st century after Christ. The fables are all in one metre and in very good style, terse, humorous and pointed. Some are original. PHAEDRUS, born in Macedonia, flourished in the early half of the 1st century after Christ. Apparently a slave set free by the Emperor Augustus (died A.D. 14) he lived in Italy and began to write 'Aesopian' fables. When he offended Sejanus the powerful official of the Emperor Tiberius, he was punished, but not silenced. The fables, in 5 books, are in lively terse and simple Latin verse not lacking in dignity. They not only amuse and teach but also satirise social and political life in Rome. In the later Middle Ages he was forgotten except in prose-versions of the fables.

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