Aesop

Italian

One day a countryman going to the nest of his goose found there an egg all yellow and glittering.  When he picked it up it was very heavy and he was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played on him.

But he decided to take it home and soon discovered that it was an egg of pure gold.

Every morning the same thing occurred, and he grew rich by selling his eggs.  As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find nothing.

 

In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

"Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"

"I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; "We have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

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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