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A. Concept (CT)

Fable (Lat. fabula, 'that which is made up'), with the addition 'Aesopic' already used by Phaedrus as a generic term for exemplary animal stories and the like, was introduced into German by H. Steinhöwel (Der Ulmer Aesop of 1476/77, ed. O. Schäfer, 1992). The oldest fables appear in Ionic poetry and are called ainos, a term that embraces parable as well as proverb and r…

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Dithmar, Reinhard (Berlin RWG), “Fable”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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