When I think of Aesop, like most of us I’m sure, I think of the cute animals stories with neat little morals to share with the kiddos. Proverbial Aesop by Dr. Chandler Phillips gives us Aesop from a slightly different, more grown up perspective.
Phillips is a well educated man and a lover of the Greek and Latin languages and cultures, and this shines through in his writing. So much so that Proverbial Aesop may come off as more academic than a pleasure read. However, it is not dryly academic by any means.
I love to study different cultures, past and present. I love to get to know the people, the customs, and to read the stories that they loved to read, tell, and relate to. This is the Aesop that Phillips presents to us. Each proverb that he shares, whether relating to animals,