by Carlo Gebler
Aesop didn't ever see himself as a children person - his tales were made for adults. The tales he contrived were always various; sometimes crude, sometimes bawdy, sometimes smart, sometimes imbecilic. They were rich, fickle, lively, ludic, just like life. He was a realistic writer. Sure, he has talking foxes and flying gods, but when it comes to human character he tells the truth. We live with arbitrary modern gods, demagogues and tyrants. And we are just as stupid, weak and delusional as ever. We need to be told these truths by this classical writer, but we won't get his message unless his tales are purged of all the moralizing clutter and guff by Victorian and early twentieth century popularisers. The work aims to allow Aesop to sing in his own voice so we can hear the truth again.
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Date of Publication: 15/04/2019