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A Dung Beetle's Victory: The Moral of the Life of Aesop (Vita G)

Pertsinidis, Sonia


The Life of Aesop is an entertaining yet profound account of Aesop's life dating from the first to second centuries AD. Although it is widely agreed that the Life of Aesop may be read as a ‘metafable’, there has been, in my view, a widespread and perversely negative interpretation of the supposed moral of this life story: that ‘pride comes before a fall’. This supposed moral is not borne out by the ending, in which Aesop's prophecies of doom prove to be correct, the Delphians are thrice...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Antichthon
DOI: 10.1017/ann.2020.4


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