Colombo, Matteo and Raucea, Chiara (2019) Sheep in Aesop’s and Phaedrus’s fables. Animal Sentience 25(13)
Lori Marino and Debra Merskin, Intelligence, complexity, and individuality in sheep
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.
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