These classic fables use simple allegories to convey universal truths. Though it is unkown if Aesop ever actually existed, dating back to the sixth century, BC, these fables are known in cultures throughout the world and have been translated into many languages.
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The narration has not been adequately rehearsed. The presentation is stiff and takes effort to follow. It sounds like it was read once, then recorded.
The material is interesting from a historical view and is representative of its time. It is useful for insight into ancient thought.
Most of the fables do not have concluding summaries. I suppose in the 500 BC the messages would be clear. This is wisdom literature along the lines of biblical proverbs, but not as clear or helpful. Lots of animals interacting, representative of human behaviors and attitudes seen today. Proverbs state the lessons learned, Aesop gives the background stories.
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