According to one legend, Aesop acquired his skill of writing Fables when he helped a
priestess of the goddess Isis. Isis response was to help the slave, Aesop. He was
"kissed" by the Muses and from that moment he was able to write his famous stories.
Some rumors circulated that Aesop was a short, ugly man with a deformity on his back. But statues of him don't contain a deformity.
"We are...told that the Athenians erected in his honour a noble statue by the
famous sculptor Lysippus, which furnishes a strong argument against the fiction of his
deformity." The remnants of the statue can presently be found in the Villa Albani, Rome.
The Two Frogs
Two Frogs lived in the same pool. The hot summer came and dried it up, so that they were forced to set forth in search of other water. As they went along they chanced to find a deep well full of cool water.
"Let us jump in here!" cried one of the frogs.
"Wait a bit," said the other; "if that should dry up, how could we get out again?"
Look before you leap.
Part 1: The Fables of Aesop
Part 2: Aesop for Thursday, January 17
Part 3: Aesop for Friday, January 18
Part 4: Aesop for Monday, January 21
Part 5: Aesop for Tuesday, January 22
* based on the book The Fables of Aesop
Books, Inc. Publishers New York (year unknown)
Based on the texts of L'Estrange and Croxall