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Aesop and his Followers from Antiquity to Today

Event Type
Literatures and Languages Library
2nd Floor Exhibit Cases (near the circulation desk)
Feb 21, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023   All Day
Paula Carns
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In 7th century BCE the Greek author Aesop penned a collection of moralizing animal fables that have intrigued writers and delighted audiences, young and old, ever since. This exhibit traces the history of this rich literary tradition from Antiquity to the present day in word and image—for most books are illustrated—with emphasis on the manuscript and printing history. It includes materials from the UIUC Library collection with some unusual examples as well as recent efforts to preserve and make these items available to patrons. The materials are divided into four cases, each of which treats a different time period: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Modernity (16th-19th century), and Present (20th and 21st centuries).

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