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Fable
(4,354 words)

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I. Ancient Orient

No evidence exists of there being a term for the fable itself either in the Sumerian or the Akkadian fable. The fable is a short, fictitious story with an inherent moral, the characters of which are personified animals. Reduced to the moral, several fables have attained the status of a proverb. The fable has its origin in oral literature; it represents a simple form of the allegory. Rank dispu…

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Böck, Barbara (Madrid), Luzzatto, Maria Jagoda (Florence) and Küppers, Jochem (Düsseldorf), “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 28 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e408170>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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