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# Myths and Legends

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# Myths and Legends

Fifth-century BC cup, decorated with Sirens. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Public domain image.


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Stories of wisdom, wonder and imagination from the Fables of Aesop and the epics of Homer to the folklore of India, Japan, Russia and Britain.


Indian Myths

The Cat, the Mouse and the Banyan Tree

A mouse’s delight at seeing his old enemy caught in a trap proves short-lived.

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Extracts from Fiction

The Hare and Many Friends

John Gay reflects that in matters of friendship, quality is preferable to quantity.

Myths and Legends

Out of Reach

Odysseus recalls meeting Tantalus and Sisyphus, for whom relief was everlastingly beyond their grasp.


The Fisherman’s Net

A little fable from ancient Greece about those political activists who make a living from stirring up controversy.

Indian Myths

The Raven and the Snake

A harassed mother Raven vows bloody revenge on a venomous Snake, but the wily old Jackal has a better idea.

Indian Myths

The Heron and the Crab

An ageing Heron finds himself a little too stiff to fish for himself, so he thinks of a way to get the fish to do it for him.

Greek and Roman Myths

The Doom of the Danaides

By day Danaus had to watch his fifty unhappy daughters marry their fifty cruel cousins, but the wedding night was yet to come.