Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1.3. Fables

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Philostratus: Imagines


(1) Φοιτῶσιν οἱ Μῦθοι παρὰ τὸν Αἴσωπον 25ἀγαπῶντες αὐτόν, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐπιμελεῖται. ἐμέλησε μὲν γὰρ καὶ Ὁμήρῳ μύθου καὶ Ἡσιόδῳ, ἔτι δὲ καὶ Ἀρχιλόχῳ πρὸς Λυκάμβην, ἀλλ᾿ Αἰσώπῳ πάντα τὰ τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἐκμεμύθωται, καὶ λόγου τοῖς θηρίοις μεταδέδωκε λόγου ἕνεκεν. πλεονεξίαν 30τε γὰρ ἐπικόπτει καὶ ὕβριν ἐλαύνει καὶ ἀπάτην καὶ ταῦτα λέων τις αὐτῷ ὑποκρίνεται


Book I. 3

3. Fables

The Fables are gathering about Aesop, being fond of him because he devotes himself to them. For while Homer also cared for fable, and Hesiod, and Archilochus too in his verses to Lycambes, Aesop has treated all sides of human life in his fables, and has made his animals speak in order to point a moral.2 For he checks greed and rebukes insolence and deceit, and in all this some animal is his mouthpiece—a

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_3_fables.1931