Journey to the Sea

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Articles Tagged ‘Aesopic Fables’

The Lion’s Share in Roger L’Estrange

By • Aug 15th, 2009 • Issue 13

Laura concludes her series on Aesopic fables reflecting the well-known phrase the "lion's share" by looking at two versions of the fable by Roger L'Estrange with two different morals. Article »

Christianizing Aesop: The Fables of Odo of Cheriton

By • May 15th, 2009 • Issue 11

Laura discusses the ways medieval scholars incorporated Aesopic fables into a Christian framework, looking specifically at the thirteenth-century Latin fables of Odo of Cheriton. Article »

Life of Aesop: The Wise Fool and the Philosopher

By • Mar 1st, 2009 • Issue 9

Laura explores three anecdotes from the legendary Life of Aesop, showing Aesop outwitting his rivals. Aesop used logical thinking and mythical thinking to provide comic relief and surprising insight into the nature of the world. Article »

Aesop Illustrations: Telling the Story in Images

By • Dec 1st, 2008 • Issue 6

Laura looks at woodcut illustrations to Aesop's fables from 1479 to explore how artists can depict the plots of stories and how the illustrations themselves can become part of the storytelling tradition. Article »

Aesop, Diogenes, Rumi: The Lamp in Daylight

By • Nov 1st, 2008 • Issue 5

Laura continues her series on religious uses of Aesopic material, looking at an anecdote that made its way into the writings of the Sufi mystical poet Rumi. Article »

Zeus and the Turtle: An Aesopic Fable

By • Oct 1st, 2008 • Issue 4

Randy concludes his series on two Western themes concerning man's relationship to the divine by looking at the delightful fable of how the turtle got her shell. Article »

Rumi: The Fable of the Lion’s Share

By • Oct 1st, 2008 • Issue 4

Laura begins a series on religious interpretations of Aesop's fables by looking at the fable of the lion's share in Rumi, a thirteenth-century Sufi master. Article »