A Crow having stolen a bit of meat, perched in a tree and held it in her beak. AFox, seeing this, longed to possess the meat himself, and by a wily stratagem succeeded. How handsome is the Crow, he exclaimed, in the beauty of her shape and in the fairness of her complexion! Oh, if her voice were only equal to her beauty, she would deservedly be considered the Queen of Birds! This he said deceitfully; but the Crow, anxious to refute the reflection cast upon her voice, set up a loud caw and dropped the flesh.

Aesop is considered the initiator of the fable as a literary form written.
These short pieces, usually with characters who are personified animals, with the explicit purpose of communicating a moral. Many of these tales are so famous that they have acquired in modern culture as saying; Some examples are the Fox and the grapes, the Grasshopper and the Ants. Many were also adapted from great writers of fairy tales (e.g. Phaedrus or Jean de La Fontaine).

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