The Evolution Of The Aesopic Fable - Essay

The Evolution Of The Aesopic Fable

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Lloyd W. Daly (essay date 1961)

SOURCE: "Introduction," in Aesop without Morals, translated and edited by Lloyd W. Daly, pp. 11-26. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1961.

[In the following excerpt, Daly asserts that the morals that appearat the end of Aesopic fables are additions made by later generations which do nothing to clarify the meaning of the original tale.]

The Fables. "Know thyself," commanded one of the legends inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi, and Socrates echoed to the Athenian court that condemned him, "the unexamined life is not worth a man's living." This introspective bent, this disposition toward self-criticism,...

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