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The Fables of Phaedrus
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The first verse translation of Phaedrus' The Fables in English in more than two hundred years

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • BOOK 1
    • Prologue
    • Fable 1. The Wolf and the Lamb
    • 2. The Frogs Ask for a King
    • 3. The Presumptuous Jackdaw and the Peacock
    • 4. The Dog Carrying a Piece of Meat across a River
    • 5. The Cow, the She-goat, the Sheep, and the Lion
    • 6. The Frogs Complain about the Sun
    • 7. The Fox and the Tragic Actor's Mask
    • 8. The Wolf and the Crane
    • 9. The Sparrow Gives Advice to the Hare
    • 10. The Wolf and the Fox Receive Judgment from the Ape
    • 11. The Lion and the Ass Go Hunting
    • 12. The Stag at the Fountain
    • 13. The Fox and the Crow
    • 14. From Cobbler to Physician
    • 15. What the Ass Said to the Old Shepherd
    • 16. The Sheep, the Stag, and the Wolf
    • 17. The Sheep, the Dog, and the Wolf
    • 18. A Woman in Childbirth
    • 19. The Dog and Her Litter of Puppies
    • 20. The Hungry Dogs
    • 21. The Old Lion, the Boar, the Bull, and the Ass
    • 22. The Weasel and the Man
    • 23. The Faithful Dog
    • 24. The Frog Who Burst Himself and the Bull
    • 25. The Dogs and the Crocodiles
    • 26. The Fox and the Stork
    • 27. The Dog, the Treasure, and the Vulture
    • 28. The Fox and the Eagle
    • 29. The Ass Insults the Boar
    • 30. The Frogs Afraid of the Battle of the Bulls
    • 31. The Kite and the Doves
  • BOOK 2
    • Author's Prologue
    • Fable 1. The Bullock, the Lion, and the Bandit
    • 2. Two Women, One Old, One Young, in Love with the Same Man
    • 3. Aesop's Words to a Man about the Success of Wrongdoers
    • 4. The Eagle, the Cat, and the Wild Boar
    • 5. Tiberius' Words to an Attendant
    • 6. The Eagle and the Crow
    • 7. The Two Mules and the Robbers
    • 8. The Stag and the Oxen
    • 9. The Author Speaks
  • BOOK 3
    • Prologue: Phaedrus to Eutychus
    • Fable 1. What the Old Woman Said to the Wine Jar
    • 2. The Panther and the Shepherds
    • 3. Aesop and the Farmer
    • 4. The Butcher and the Monkey
    • 5. Aesop and the Impudent Fellow
    • 6. The Fly and the Mule
    • 7. The Wolf and the Sleek Dog
    • 8. Brother and Sister
    • 9. Socrates to His Friends
    • 10. The Poet, on Believing and Not Believing
    • 11. The Eunuch's Reply to His Insulting Adversary
    • 12. The Cock and the Pearl
    • 13. The Wasp Adjudicating between the Bees and the Drones
    • 14. On Play and Seriousness
    • 15. The Dog and the Lamb
    • 16. The Cicada and the Owl
    • 17. The Trees under the Patronage of the Gods
    • 18. The Peacock Complains to Juno about His Voice
    • 19. Aesop's Reply to the Joker
    • Epilogue
  • BOOK 4
    • Prologue: The Poet to Particulo
    • Fable 1. The Ass and the Priests of Cybele
    • 2. The Weasel and the Mice
    • 3. The Fox and the Grapes
    • 4. The Horse and the Wild Boar
    • 5. Aesop and the Enigmatic Will
    • 6. The Battle of the Mice and Weasels
    • 7. Phaedrus and the Critic
    • 8. The Viper and the File
    • 9. The Fox and the Goat
    • 10. On the Faults of Men
    • 11. The Thief and His Lamp
    • 12. The Evils of Wealth
    • 13. The Reign of the Lion
    • 13A. The Reign of the Lion
    • 13B. The King of the Apes
    • 14. Prometheus
    • 15. Prometheus Again
    • 16. The Bearded She-goats
    • 17. On the Fortunes of Men
    • 18. The Dogs Send Envoys to Jupiter
    • 19. The Snake Fatal to the Compassionate Man
    • 19A. The Snake Fatal to the Compassionate Man
    • 20. The Fox and the Dragon
    • 21. Phaedrus
    • 22. About Simonides
    • 23. The Mountain in Labor
    • 24. The Ant and the Fly
    • 25. Simonides Saved by the Gods
    • Epilogue: The Poet to Particulo
  • BOOK 5
    • Prologue: The Poet Again
    • Fable 1. King Demetrius and the Poet Menander
    • 2. The Two Soldiers and the Robber
    • 3. The Bald Man and the Fly
    • 4. The Ass and the Pig's Barley
    • 5. The Buffoon and the Countryman
    • 6. The Two Bald Men
    • 7. King, the Flute Player
    • 8. Time
    • 9. The Bull and the Calf
    • 10. The Old Dog and the Hunter
  • PEROTTI'S APPENDIX
    • Fable 1. The Ape and the Fox
    • 2. The Author
    • 3. The Author
    • 4. Mercury and the Two Women
    • 5-6. Prometheus and Guile
    • 7. The Author
    • 8. The Author
    • 9. Aesop and the Writer
    • 10. Pompey and His Soldier
    • 11. Juno, Venus, and the Hen
    • 12. The Bullock and the Old Ox
    • 13. Aesop and the Victorious Boxer
    • 14. The Ass and the Lyre
    • 15. The Widow and the Soldier
    • 16. The Two Suitors
    • 17. Aesop and His Mistress
    • 18. The Cock and the Cats Who Carried His Sedan Chair
    • 19. The Sow Giving Birth and the Wolf
    • 20. Aesop and the Runaway Slave
    • 21. The Race Horse
    • 22. The Hungry Bear
    • 23. The Traveler and the Raven
    • 24. The Shepherd and the She-goat
    • 25. The Snake and the Lizard
    • 26. The Crow and the Sheep
    • 27. Socrates and the Rascally Servant
    • 28. The Hare and the Herdsman
    • 29. The Courtesan and the Young Man
    • 30. The Beaver
    • 31. The Butterfly and the Wasp
    • 32. The Ground Swallow and the Fox

About the Author

P. F. Widdows (1918-1997) was Professor of Classics at Concordia University in Montreal.

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