Apologue(redirected from apologues)
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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.