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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Greek Aisopos, semi-legendary 6c. B.C.E. fablist.


n. An ancient Greek author, famous for the fables ascribed to him.

Aesop (disambiguation)

Aesop or AESOP may refer to:

  • AESOP, an acronym for the Association of European Schools of Planning
  • Aesop, a pseudonym of mathematician Jim Propp
  • Aesop, creator of Aesop's Fables
  • Aesop Rock, an American hip hop artist
  • Aēsop, an Australian brand of skincare, hair care and fragrance
  • Aesopus (gastropod), a genus of marine gastropods
  • Aesopus (historian), a Greek historian who wrote a life of Alexander the Great
  • Clodius Aesopus, a Roman tragedian

Aesop ( ; , Aisōpos; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was an Ancient Greek fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains uncertain and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics.

Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included many works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs.

Aesop (brand)

Aesop, stylised Aēsop, is a brand of skin care products from Australian company Aesop Retail Pty Ltd. In addition to skincare, Aesop also produces hair care, soaps and fragrance, a total of over 80 hair, skin and body care formulations. The brand does not advertise or offer discounts or sales. It is available in 43 countries.

Aesop (record label)

Aesop Label, commonly known as Aesop is an independent record label founded and based in Brixton, United Kingdom. The label was launched in 2012 with a focus on releasing records available on limited runs of 12" vinyl as well as being available digitally.

Usage examples of "aesop".

It was prettily devised of Aesop that the fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot wheel and said, what a dust do I raise.

This appetite for grapes is so well confirmed by Aesop, and by passages in the Scriptures, that it is strange Mr.

If we had not agreed, we should have split Aguazul apart, and like the dog in the fable of Aesop that dropped its bone in the river through greed, we should have lost all that we were fighting to save.

He recited mathematical formulae to it, he told it an Aesop fable, he gave it portions of the federal mining laws.

According to Aesop slow but steady won the race, and Metellus Pius was the embodiment of slow but steady.

This refers to an extremely popular medieval cycle of animal stories, in which human failings are placed in animal guise, a device that dates back to Aesop in the Western tradition.

The matriarch of all the gods, instituted for a millennium here, beneath the cliffs off which Aesop threw himself to his death.

Like a character in some Aesop fable, Milarepa waited, reclining in the sun against a boulder while the shaman climbed vigorously toward the summit.

I concluded that AEsop himself must have been a little Love beside his eminence.

None of the stories are precisely those of Aesop, and none have the concinnity, terseness, and unmistakable deduction of the lesson intended to be taught by the fable, so conspicuous in the great Greek fabulist.

It was a nice room with large chesterfields and lounging chairs done in pale yellow leather arranged around a fireplace in front of which, on the glossy but not slippery floor, lay a rug as thin as silk and as old as Aesops aunt.

Aesop stated it sardonically in the fable of the convention of the mice, when he inquired gently, 'Who is to bell the cat?