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Writing Aesopica

  • Jeremy Lefkowitz
Thursday 28 April 2016
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden

Narrative style and linguistic register of Aesop's fables

The narrative style and linguistic register of our earliest surviving collections of Aesop's fables suggest a deliberate and cultivated air of simplicity.  This talk will explore some of the ways in which a distinct style of fable-writing surfaces in the tradition, in both prose and verse fables.  The emphasis will be on the ways in which the Roman poet Phaedrus balanced his undeniable ambition with the genre's marginalized position in literary culture and its traditional commitment to simple storytelling.

Jeremy Lefkowitz

Jeremy Lefkowitz is Associate Professor of Classics at Swarthmore College.  In 2015-2016, he is the Andrew Heiskell fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome.  He has published a number of articles on the ancient fable tradition, with an emphasis on the style of fable-writing and the place of fable-telling in literary history.  His current work includes a book on fable called Aesop's Pen: Writing and Collecting Fables in Antiquity.

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