Aesop's Fables is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media.
The fables originally belonged to the oral tradition and were not collected for some three centuries after Aesop's death. By that time a variety of other stories, jokes and proverbs were being ascribed to him, although some of that material was from sources earlier than him or came from beyond the Greek cultural sphere.
The process of inclusion has continued until the present, with some of the fables unrecorded before the later Middle Ages and others arriving from outside Europe. The process is continuous and new stories are still being added to the Aesop corpus, even when they are demonstrably more recent work and sometimes from known authors.
There are many collections of Aesop's fables available, but most of these have been censored for children. Heidi Gregory's reading though, is the real deal, with all the macabre and politically incorrect details often brushed under the rug for the sake of taste. These are very old tales though for those interested in the history of them, this audiobook provides the most representation of the originals as possible.
Yes, there are quite horrible fables like "the Ethiopian and his master who tried to scrub his slave's dark skin clean with every type of wash possible", but that is really the most obviously racist fable in this collection.
As far as Aesop fables go that are read by one person, Heidi Gregory is by far the best narrator...or at least the only British one, which is the main reason I purchased this audiobook.
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