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"When the word fable is mentioned, " writes Jack Zipes in his foreword to this volume, "one automatically thinks of the name Aesop, never Avianus." Nevertheless, the lively and instructive fables of this early fifth-century Roman writer enjoyed significant popularity in Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Now the complete work of Avianus - forty-two elegiac fables in all - has been rendered into contemporary English verse by acclaimed translator David Slavitt. The volume also features four new illustrations by the artist ...

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