Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aesop, legendary author of the famous collection of fables.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aesop. According to some accounts, Aesop was a strikingly ugly slave who was dumb until granted the power of speech by the goddess Isis. In stories of his life he's often found outwitting his masters using clever wordplay, but he's best known today as the supposed author of a series of fables that are some of the most enduringly popular works of Ancient Greek literature. Some modern scholars question whether he existed at all, but the body of work that has come down to us under his name gives us a rare glimpse of the popular culture of the Ancient World.
Pavlos Avlamis, Junior Research Fellow in Classics at Trinity College at the University of Oxford
Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge
Lucy Grig, Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Edinburgh
Producer: Luke Mulhall.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Sara Forsdyke, Slaves Tell Tales and Other Episodes in the Politics of Popular Culture in Ancient Greece (Princeton University Press, 2012)
Laura Gibbs (trans.), Aesop’s Fables (Oxford World’s Classics, 2008)
William Hansen (ed.), Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature (Indiana University Press, 1998)
Niklas Holzberg, Christine Jackson-Holzberg (trans.), The Ancient Fable: An Introduction (Indiana University Press, 2002)
Leslie Kurke, Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose (Princeton University Press, 2010)
Teresa Morgan, Popular Morality in the Early Roman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Annabel Patterson, Fables of Power: Aesopian Writing and Political History (Duke University Press, 1991)
|Interviewed Guest||Pavlos Avlamis|
|Interviewed Guest||Simon Goldhill|
|Interviewed Guest||Lucy Grig|