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Fables

in The Oxford Companion to the Book

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 234 words.

A four-volume folio edition of La Fontaine’s Fables—each fable accompanied by a full-page plate by J.-B. Oudry (1686–1755

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Fables

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 83 words.

The most famous writers of fables are — Pilpay, among the Hindus. Lokman, among the Arabs. Æsop and

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fable

Edited by John Roberts.

in Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical Studies. 339 words.

a short story in the popular tradition of Greece and other ancient cultures. Fables usually deal with a conflict in

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fable

Francisco R. Adrados.

in The Oxford Classical Dictionary

January 2005; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical Studies. 1114 words.

a short story in the popular tradition of Greece and other ancient cultures. Fables found their way into literature as

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fable

in The Oxford Classical Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online December 2012 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical Studies. 1116 words.

a short story in the popular tradition of Greece and other ancient cultures. Fables found their way into literature as

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fable

Edited by Douglas Gray.

in The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

January 2003; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval). 781 words.

A fable, says Dr Johnson, is ‘a narrative in which beings irrational, and sometimes inanimate … are for the

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fable

Edited by M. C. Howatson.

in The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature

January 2011; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical Literature. 152 words.

In literature, a short story with a moral in which the characters are generally animals behaving as humans. The fable

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Fable

Laura Gibbs.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Classical History. 1562 words.

The fable genre is well represented in Greek and Latin literature from their very beginnings. The Greek poet Hesiod tells

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Fables

Gillian Avery.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

January 2006; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Children's Literature Studies. 724 words.

Fables, like parables and allegories, are stories that contain a coded meaning, devised to convey a useful lesson. Often with

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fable

in World Encyclopedia

P ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: General Studies. 52 words.

Literary genre which takes the form of a short allegorical tale, intended to convey a moral. The oldest extant fables

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