Archaic Lessons for Today

Venus de Milo

I saw the world famous Greek sculpture, Venus de Milo when I visited the Louvre in Paris.

Today morality is shunned and the consequences of bad behavior with multiple rights and multiple excuses. This was not the case in days of Aesop. The ancient Greeks had a thirst for knowledge. They loved his fables with moral lessons.

Aesop lived during the Archaic period which is defined through the development of art, specifically the style of pottery and sculpture.

Aesop wrote over 600 fables. While preparing for my art class, I had a chance to read three of them: City Mouse-Country Mouse, The Lion and the Mouse, and Belling of the Cat. Each fable has a valuable lesson that is applicable for today.

Aesop’s life does not have a happy ending like most of his fables. According to, he was sent by the monarch to Delphi in Greece to distribute a large sum of gold. He was so aggravated by their covetousness, that he sent the money back to his master. The Delphians were so enraged that they executed Aesop.

I guess the ancient Greeks were not so noble after all.


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