Thursday, January 08, 2009

Aesop's Fables in Latin

Aesop's Fable's in Latin:
Ancient Wit and Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom

by Laura Gibbs

This intermediate Latin reader includes eighty Aesop’s fables in Latin prose, taken from the seventeenth-century edition illustrated by Francis Barlow. Selected fables include famous tales, such as “The Tortoise and The Hare,” and many intriguing, lesser known stories.

These short and witty fables are ideal for ancillary reading. Each fable in this edition has its own introduction, an engaging grammar overview, and both vocabulary
and grammar notes. Forty illustrations and numerous Latin proverbs spur thought and
discussion. A Latin-English glossary is included, along with a listing of most frequently used Latin words.

  • Comprehensive introduction with Latin Reading Guide: strategies to increase confidence and comprehension
  • 80 Aesop’s fables in Latin, with · introductory comments · handy Dramatis Personae · grammar overview · opposite-page vocabulary notes · same-page grammar notes
  • 40 black-and-white illustrations by Francis Barlow
  • Over 100 thematically relevant Latin proverbs
  • Complete Latin-English glossary
  • Select bibliography for further reading
  • Companion website,, with access to additional reading aids, vocabulary-building word lists, audio recordings, parsing quizzes, crossword puzzles, interactive discussion space, and lots more!

Laura Gibbs teaches online courses in Mythology and Folklore for the University of Oklahoma. She joined the OU faculty in 1999 after completing her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught both Latin and Polish. She has translated Aesop’s Fables into English for the Oxford World’s Classicsseries, and developed an ancillary online library of Aesop’s fables in English, Latin, and Greek at She is also the author of Latin Via Proverbs: 4000 Proverbs, Mottoes and Sayings for Students of Latin and a follow-up volume, Vulgate Verses: 4000 Sayings from the Bible. You can find out more about Laura’s teaching and web publications at

xxv + 358pp. (2009) Paperback, ISBN 978-0-86516-695-0

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