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AESOPUS: Latin Via Fables


Here at this wiki you have access to well over FOUR THOUSAND Aesop's fables in Latin, taken from classical, medieval, Renaissaince and early modern Latin sources. Some of these are texts here at the wiki, other texts are from the Aesopica.net website or from digitized books available at GoogleBooks and other online text repositories:


Phaedrus. The earliest extant collection of Aesop's fables from the ancient world, comprising slightly over 100 fables.

Avianus. Another very inlfuential early collection of Aesop's fables in verse (approximately 40 fables).

Syntipas. An 11th-century collection of fables of appx. 60 fables translated from Syriac into Greek, and represented here in Latin translation.

Ademar. An 11th-century collection of appx. 70 fables, the oldest of the extant Romulus collections.

Romulus in Prose. I have included these collections edited by Hervieux: Romulus Anglicus (appx. 140 fables), Romulus Ad Rufum (appx. 60 fables), Romulus Vulgaris (appx. 80 fables), Arctopolitanae (appx. 50 fables), Romulus of Marie de France (appx. 20 fables), and Vienna (2 manuscripts, for a total of appx. 130 fables).

Romulus in Meter. Approximately 40 fables in verse (dactylic hexameter).

Romulus in Rhyme. Approximately 50 fables in rhyming verse.

Walter of England. Approximately 60 fables in verse, also part of the "Romulus tradition."

Alexander of Neckham. Approximately 40 fables in verse by the 12th-century English scholar.

Vincent of Beauvais. Appx. 30 fables found in his Speculum historiale (13th century).

Odo of Cheriton. A marvelous collection of appx. 120 fables by this 13th-century preacher.

John of Sheppey. A 14th century collection of appx. 70 fables, drawing on both Romulus and Odo.

Speculum Sapientiae. An odd 13th-century work, not Aesopic, with appx. 100 animal "stories."

Dialogus creaturarum. An odd 14th-century work, also not Aesopic, with appx. 100 nature tales.

Kalila-wa-Dimna. You will find four different Latin versions of this eastern collection of animal tales indexed here: Directorium Humanae Vitae (appx. 50 stories), Kalila et Dimna (appx. 50 stories), Raimundus de Bitteris (appx. 50 stories), and Baldo (appx. 30 of the stories, in verse).

Gesta Romanorum. A 14th century collection of tales which contains appx. 60 stories with animal motifs, including some Aesop's fables.

Steinhowel. The first edition of Aesop printed in book form, including appx. 140 fables.

Abstemius. A delightful collection of 100 "original" fables by Abstemius, late 15th century.

Camerarius. An early 16th-century collection of 60 original prose fables, approximately half of which have animal characters or motifs.

Hieronymus Osius. A  16th-century collection of fables in verse (almost 300 of them), including Abstemius!

Faernus. A lovely collection of 100 fables in verse by the 16th-century Italian poet Gabriele Faerno.

Candidus Pantaleon. Approximately 150 fables in verse, written by the 16th-century poet Candidus Pantaleon.

Johannes Posthius. Approximately 150 tetrastichs with the morals to the fables, written by the 16th-century poet Posthius.

Marquardus Gudius. A collection of appx. 30 fables in verse  by the 17th-century scholar, Marquardus Gudius.

Caspar Barth. Approximately 70 fables in verse by the 17th-century scholar, Caspar von Barth.

Irenaeus. A collection of 300 fables, organized in thematic groups, accompanied by "profane" and "sacred" essays drawing on classical authors and the Bible to explore the morals of the fables.

Johann Christ. Approximately 50 fables in verse by Johann Christ, an 18th-century scholar and poet.

Desbillons. Massive collection of over 500 verse fables by the 18th-century Jesuit scholar F.-J. Desbillons.

Aesop Phryx (Madrid). A frequently reprinted collection of appx. 350 fables (this particular edition printed at Madrid).

De Furia. Excellent collection of over 400 Greek fables with Latin translations from the early 19th century.

Jauffret. Appx. 120 of Jauffret's fables (early 19th century) translated into Latin verse.

LaFontaine. A second-year Latin textbook with 50 fables of LaFontaine in Latin prose.

Eton. Marvelous 18th-century edition of appx. 150 Aesop's fables in Latin and Greek prepared for Eton schoolboys.

Clarke's Reader. An 18th-century bilingual edition of the fables for schoolchildren, containing appx. 200 fables.

Textbook Fables.  I've collected approximately 150 fables so far from the 19th-century textbooks as follows: Ahn, Heidelberg, Jacobs & Doering, and Via Latina.






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