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Apologue

 

in ancient Greek and Oriental literature, a brief (as compared to the fable) morally instructive work constructed on the allegorical depiction of animals or plants.

A famous group of apologues is to be found in the collection of Indian tales the Panchatantra, written in Sanskrit and dating from the third century. In Arabic and Persian adaptions this work is known as Kalila and Dimna. Apologues occur in Russian poetry of the mid-18th and early 19th centuries—for example, in the works of I. I. Dmitriev.

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Ikegami's study contains `a comparative study of Middle English versions' which surveys the English versions and (as usefully) their apologues or parables, concluding inter alia that all of the shorter Middle English verse versions `were composed as independent works' (p.
The report describing this incident reads like a series of all-too-truthful apologues illustrating how detainees with mental illnesses slip through the cracks, wither, and die behind bars.
I am including the oral stories and fables and apologues of tribal societies and, indeed, of our own society.
Cowell, "On Certain Mediaeval Apologues," Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 1 (1860): 10-17.
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