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Aesop's Fable

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Aesop's Fable

@@Most of the Ancient fables were credited to Aesop, a Greek slave who lived about 600 B.C. Aesop had a reputation for telling wise, witty tales about animals, but scholars know little else about him.. In manyof his fables, the moral is told at the end in the form of a proverb. Famous fables include "The Fox and the Grapes," "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse," and "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." These tales have been told and retold for more than 2,000 years. They remain popular because they illustrate truths that almost anyone can recognize. In "The Fox and the Grapes," for example, a fox decides that some grapes growing too high for him to reach are probably sour anyway. A person who hears the tale recognizes the fox's attitude as a common human failing. The moral of the fable--that people often express a dislike for what they cannot have--is summed up in the expression "sour grapes."