The Wisdom of the Ancients, A Series of Mythological Fables

Francis BACON (1561 - 1626)

"Now I suppose most people will think I am but entertaining myself with a toy, and using much the same kind of licence in expounding the poets’ fables which the poets themselves did in inventing them; and it is true that if I had a mind to vary and relieve my severer studies with some such exercise of pleasure for my own or my reader’s recreation, I might very fairly indulge in it. But that is not my meaning. Not but that I know very well what pliant stuff fable is made of, how freely it will follow any way you please to draw it, and how easily with a little dexterity and discourse of wit meanings which it was never meant to bear may be plausibly put upon it. Neither have I forgotten that there has been old abuse of the thing in practice; that many, wishing only to gain the sanction and reverence of antiquity for doctrines and inventions of their own, have tried to twist the fables of the poets into that sense; and that this is neither a modern vanity nor a rare one, but old of standing and frequent in use; that Chrysippus long ago, interpreting the oldest poets after the manner of an interpreter of dreams, made them out to be Stoics; and that the Alchemists more absurdly still have discovered in the pleasant and sportive fictions of the transformation of bodies, allusion to experiments of the furnace." - Summary from Bacon's Preface

Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales, Published before 1800

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface Allie Mandell
00:10:24
Play 02 Cassandra, Or Divination Craig Campbell
00:03:21
Play 03 Typhon, Or A Rebel Craig Campbell
00:05:44
Play 04 The Cyclops, Or The Ministers Of Terror Craig Campbell
00:03:13
Play 05 Narcissus, Or Self-Love Craig Campbell
00:03:22
Play 06 The River Styx, Or Leagues Craig Campbell
00:04:00
Play 07 Pan, Or Nature Craig Campbell
00:18:59
Play 08 Perseus, Or War Craig Campbell
00:08:28
Play 09 Endymion, Or a Favorite Owen Cook
00:02:36
Play 10 The Sister Of The Giants, Or Fame DrPGould
00:01:42
Play 11 Acteon And Pentheus, Or A Curious Man Owen Cook
00:03:26
Play 12 Orpheus, Or Philosophy Craig Campbell
00:08:05
Play 13 Cœlum, Or Beginnings Owen Cook
00:05:20
Play 14 Proteus, Or Matter Craig Campbell
00:05:01
Play 15 Memnon, Or A Youth Too Forward Owen Cook
00:02:25
Play 16 Tythonus, Or Satiety deongines
00:02:30
Play 17 Juno’s Suitor, Or Baseness deongines
00:02:19
Play 18 Cupid, Or An Atom deongines
00:09:18
Play 19 Diomed, Or Zeal
Zozue
00:06:55
Play 20 Dædalus, Or Mechanical Skill
Zozue
00:06:08
Play 21 Ericthonius, Or Imposture
Zozue
00:02:25
Play 22 Deucalion, Or Restitution Craig Campbell
00:02:03
Play 23 Nemesis, Or The Vicissitude Of Things Allie Mandell
00:04:45
Play 24 Achelous, Or Battle Owen Cook
00:02:33
Play 25 Dionysus, Or Bacchus Craig Campbell
00:10:26
Play 26 Atalanta And Hippomenes, Or Gain Owen Cook
00:03:09
Play 27 Prometheus, Or The State Of Man Warren Kati
00:28:08
Play 28 Icarus And Scylla And Charybdis, Or The Middle Way Warren Kati
00:04:28
Play 29 Sphinx, Or Science Warren Kati
00:09:06
Play 30 Proserpine, Or Spirit Allie Mandell
00:08:53
Play 31 Metis, Or Counsel Owen Cook
00:02:40
Play 32 The Sirens, Or Pleasures Abigail Johnston
00:05:21