Sheep in Aesop’s and Phaedrus’s fables

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Sheep feature in various animal fables. Marino & Merskin suggest that “we” view sheep as “docile, passive, unintelligent, and timid,” but animal fables do not support this view. In Aesop’s and Phaedrus’s fables, sheep are a primary target of injustice; but they are not passive targets. Sheep endure injustice actively and honestly. They are intelligent, aware and outspoken about their own condition.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalAnimal Sentience
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2019


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