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Babrius(bā`brēəs), fl. 2d cent.?, Greek fabulist, versifier of the fables of AesopAesop
, legendary Greek fabulist. According to Herodotus, he was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th cent. B.C. and eventually was freed by his master. Other accounts associate him with many wild adventures and connect him with such rulers as Solon and Croesus.
..... Click the link for more information. . Many of the medieval prose collections of Aesop were based on Babrius. He may have been a Hellenized Roman.
Ancient Greek poet-fabulist of the second century A.D. who versified the fables of Aesop.
The fables of Babrius are distinguished by liveliness of narration; the moralizing element is weakly developed, and the critical element is nearly absent. They are characterized by an ironic attitude toward the traditional Olympian gods. Of Babrius’ ten books, more than 140 fables in verse form and about 50 in prose have reached us.
WORKSFabulae Aesopeae. Edited by O. Crusius. Leipzig, 1897.
In Russian translation:
In Fedr and Babrii, Basni.[Translated by M. L. Gasparov.] Moscow, 1962.