Interesting sidelight on Aesop's Fables: Socrates
an inner voice
that prompted him or prevented him from
various actions. Apparently he always did what it told
, there being only one exception
known: the voice
told him to study music
. He failed to do this
until he was in prison, just before his death
, and of
all things, he chose to put Aesop's Fables to music.
In light of his anti-art statements made throughout his
life, this odd choice points up his lack of aesthetic
sensitivity. Not that there is anything wrong with that.