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Aesop’s Fables

Aesop was a Greek story teller who lived in the 6th century BC. He is said to have written a number of “fables”. Fables are stories featuring animals (and sometimes objects) that can speak and that generally exhibit human characteristics. A fable has a “moral”, i.e. a lesson that can be derived from what happens in the story.

Although no writings of Aesop have been conserved, a large number of fables have been attributed to him over the centuries and they are now known as “Aesop’s fables”. We offer you here the complete text of over 300 of Aesop’s fables.

To make it easier to bring these stories to life using puppets, the text of each fable is accompanied by the list of characters that you can represent using Animaplates projects.


The Ant and the Dove

The Ants and the Grasshopper

The Apes and the Two Travelers

The Ass and His Driver

The Ass and His Masters

The Ass and His Purchaser

The Ass and His Shadow

The Ass and the Charger

The Ass and the Frogs

The Ass And The Grasshopper

The Ass and the Horse

The Ass and the Lapdog

The Ass and the Mule

The Ass and the Old Shepherd

The Ass and the Wolf

The Ass Carrying the Image

The Ass in the Lion’s Skin

The Ass, the Cock, and the Lion

The Ass, the Fox, and the Lion

The Astronomer


The Bald Knight

The Bald Man and the Fly

The Bat And The Weasels

The Bear and the Fox

The Bear and the Two Travelers

The Bee and Jupiter

The Belly and the Members

The Birdcatcher, the Partridge, and the Cock

The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat

The Blind Man and the Whelp

The Boasting Traveler

The Bowman and Lion

The Boy and the Filberts

The Boy and the Nettles

The Boy Bathing

The Boy Hunting Locusts

The Boys and the Frogs

The Brazier and His Dog

The Brother and the Sister

The Buffoon and the Countryman

The Bull and the Calf

The Bull and the Goat

The Bull, the Lioness, and the Wild-Boar Hunter


The Camel

The Camel and Jupiter

The Cat and the Birds

The Cat and the Cock

The Cat and the Mice

The Cat and Venus

The Charcoal-Burner And The Fuller

The Charger and the Miller

The Cobbler Turned Doctor

The Cock and the Jewel

The Crab and Its Mother

The Crab and the Fox

The Crow and Mercury

The Crow and the Pitcher

The Crow and the Raven

The Crow and the Serpent

The Crow and the Sheep


The Dancing Monkeys

The Doe and the Lion

The Dog and Her Whelps

The Dog and the Cook

The Dog and the Hare

The Dog and the Oyster

The Dog and the Shadow

The Dog in the Manger

The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox

The Dog’s House

The Dogs and the Fox

The Dogs and the Hides

The Dolphins, the Whales, and the Sprat

The Dove and the Crow


The Eagle and His Captor

The Eagle and the Arrow

The Eagle and the Fox

The Eagle and the Jackdaw

The Eagle and the Kite

The Eagle, the Cat, and the Wild Sow


The Farmer and His Sons

The Farmer and the Cranes

The Farmer and the Fox

The Farmer and the Snake

The Farmer and the Stork

The Father And His Sons

The Father and His Two Daughters

The Fawn and His Mother

The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle

The Fir-Tree and the Bramble

The Fisherman and His Nets

The Fisherman and the Little Fish

The Fisherman Piping

The Fishermen

The Flea and the Man

The Flea and the Ox

The Flea and the Wrestler

The Flies and the Honey-Pot

The Fly and the Draught-Mule

The Fowler and the Viper

The Fox and the Bramble

The Fox and the Crane

The Fox and the Crow

The Fox and the Goat

The Fox and the Grapes

The Fox and the Hedgehog

The Fox and the Leopard

The Fox and the Lion

The Fox and the Lion 2

The Fox and the Mask

The Fox and the Monkey

The Fox and the Monkey 2

The Fox and the Woodcutter

The Fox Who Had Lost His Tail

The Frogs Asking for a King

The Frogs’ Complaint Against the Sun


The Gamecocks and the Partridge

The Geese and the Cranes

The Gnat and the Bull

The Gnat and the Lion

The Goat and the Ass

The Goat and the Goatherd

The Goatherd and the Wild Goats

The Goods and the Ills

The Grasshopper and the Owl


The Hare and the Hound

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Hares and the Foxes

The Hares and the Frogs

The Hares and the Lions

The Hart and the Vine

The Hawk and the Nightingale

The Hawk, the Kite, and the Pigeons

The Heifer and the Ox

The Hen and the Golden Eggs

The Hen and the Swallow

Hercules and the Wagoner

The Herdsman and the Lost Bull

The Horse and Groom

The Horse and His Rider

The Horse and the Ass

The Horse and the Stag

The Hunter and the Horseman

The Hunter and the Woodman

The Huntsman and the Fisherman


The Image of Mercury and the Carpenter


The Jackdaw and the Doves

The Jackdaw and the Fox

Jupiter and the Monkey

Jupiter, Neptune, Minerva, and Momus


The Kid and the Wolf

The Kid and the Wolf 2

The King’s Son and the Painted Lion

The Kingdom of the Lion

The Kites and the Swans


The Laborer and the Snake

The Lamb and the Wolf

The Lamp

The Lark and Her Young Ones

The Lark Burying Her Father

The Lion and the Boar

The Lion and the Bull

The Lion and the Dolphin

The Lion and the Eagle

The Lion and the Fox

The Lion and the Hare

The Lion And The Mouse

The Lion and the Shepherd

The Lion and the Three Bulls

The Lion in a Farmyard

The Lion in Love

The Lion, Jupiter, and the Elephant

The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox

The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass

The Lion, the Mouse, and the Fox

The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox

The Lioness


The Man and His Two Sweethearts

The Man and His Wife

The Man and the Lion

The Man and the Satyr

The Man Bitten by a Dog

The Man, the Horse, the Ox, and the Dog

The Manslayer

The Master and His Dogs

Mercury and the Sculptor

Mercury and the Workmen

The Mice and the Weasels

The Mice in Council

The Milk-Woman and Her Pail

The Miller, His Son, and Their Ass

The Mischievous Dog

The Miser

The Mole and His Mother

The Monkey and the Camel

The Monkey and the Dolphin

The Monkey and the Fishermen

The Monkeys and Their Mother

The Mother and the Wolf

The Mountain in Labor

The Mouse and the Bull

The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk

The Mule

The Mules and the Robbers


The North Wind and the Sun


The Oak and the Reeds

The Oak and the Woodcutters

The Oaks and Jupiter

The Old Hound

The Old Lion

The Old Man and Death

The Old Woman and the Physician

The Old Woman and the Wine-Jar

The Olive-Tree and the Fig-Tree

The One-Eyed Doe

The Owl and the Birds

The Ox and the Frog

The Oxen and the Axle-Trees

The Oxen and the Butchers


The Panther and the Shepherds

The Partridge and the Fowler

The Peacock and Juno

The Peacock and the Crane

The Peasant and the Apple-Tree

The Peasant and the Eagle

The Philosopher, the Ants, and Mercury

The Piglet, the Sheep, and the Goat

The Playful Ass

The Pomegranate, Apple-Tree, and Bramble

The Prophet


The Quack Frog


The Raven and the Swan

The Rich Man and the Tanner

The Rivers and the Sea

The Rose and the Amaranth


The Salt Merchant and His Ass

The Seagull and the Kite

The Seaside Travelers

The Seller of Images

The Serpent and the Eagle

The Shepherd and the Dog

The Shepherd and the Sea

The Shepherd and the Sheep

The Shepherd and the Wolf

The Shepherd’s Boy and the Wolf

The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea

The Sick Kite

The Sick Lion

The Sick Stag

The Sparrow and the Hare

The Spendthrift and the Swallow

The Stag at the Pool

The Stag in the Ox-Stall

The Stag, the Wolf, and the Sheep

The Swallow and the Crow

The Swallow, the Serpent, and the Court of Justice

The Swan and the Goose

The Swollen Fox


The Thief and His Mother

The Thief and the Housedog

The Thief and the Innkeeper

The Thieves and the Cock

The Thirsty Pigeon

The Three Tradesmen

The Thrush and the Fowler

The Tortoise and the Eagle

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

The Traveler and Fortune

The Traveler and His Dog

The Travelers and the Plane-Tree

The Trees and the Axe

The Trees Under the Protection of the Gods

The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner

Truth and the Traveler

The Two Bags

The Two Dogs

The Two Frogs

The Two Frogs 2

The Two Men Who Were Enemies

The Two Pots

The Two Soldiers and the Robber

The Two Travelers and the Axe


The Vain Jackdaw

The Vine and the Goat

The Viper and the File


The Walnut-Tree

The Wasp and the Snake

The Wasps, the Partridges, and the Farmer

The Weasel and the Mice

The Widow and Her Little Maidens

The Widow and the Sheep

The Wild Ass and the Lion

The Wild Boar and the Fox

The Wolf and the Crane

The Wolf and the Fox

The Wolf and the Goat

The Wolf and the Horse

The Wolf and the Housedog

The Wolf And The Lamb

The Wolf and the Lion

The Wolf and the Lion 2

The Wolf and the Sheep

The Wolf and the Shepherd

The Wolf and the Shepherds

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

The Wolf, the Fox, and the Ape

The Wolves and the Sheep

The Wolves and the Sheepdogs

The Woman and Her Hen