Aesop was a Greek storyteller born in approximately 620 BCE. Tradition says he was born as a slave, but developed a real talent for fables that were used to teach truths in a simple, understandable way. While Aesop was revered for his abilities, it is almost certain that many of the fables attributed to him were actually written by countless people over the ages. The fame garnered by Aesop is such that some scholars question whether he was a real person at all. (Presumably, a slave in ancient Greece would have been hard-pressed to attain the fame that Aesop did.) Be that as it may, Aesop is referred to by ancient luminaries such as Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. His fables (or those attributed to him) have been translated around the world and are the substance of numerous stories, poems, and children's books.
你一定听过《狼来了》、《龟兔赛跑》这些小故事，却不一定知道它们都出自古希腊的《伊索寓言》！《伊索寓言》是世界上最古老的一部寓言集，也是在全世界范围内流传最广的古代文学名著之一。到目前为止，世界上至少有数亿人阅读过这部作品。如此的阅读普及率，除了《圣经》之外，恐怕世间再难有别的书籍可以与其相媲美了。本书为一代翻译大师周作人经典全译本，根据商伯利（Émile Chambry）编订的《伊索寓言》（Aesopi Fabulae, Paris，一九二七年）希腊原文译出。周氏译文淡朴典雅，注文详尽，极富见地，所选书目至为精当，凡古希腊文、日文、英文、世界语，译出者均是世界一流文学经典，具有极高的审美情趣与文学价值。
According to Herodotus, Aesop was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th century B.C. His moral animal fables have delighted young and old for centuries. This fabulous full-color edition of the classic Aesop features the original illustrations of Milo Winter. This unique collection features 147 of the best-loved fables, including such favorites as "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Ants and the Grasshopper," "The Goose and the Golden Egg," "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," and "The Hare and the Tortoise" and all their wonderful and amusing animal characters.