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(600BC - 564BC)

Aesop, whose existence is subject to historical debate, is traditionally credited as the author of a collection of fables now known as Aesop's Fables. Believed to have lived from around 620 to 564 BCE, he is often described as a slave who gained his freedom through the cleverness that also marked his fables. While there is no definitive record of his life, Aesop is frequently cited as having been born in Thrace, an ancient region of Southeastern Europe.

The fables attributed to Aesop have been passed down through generations and have been translated into many languages. They are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, behave in human-like ways, and usually conclude with a moral lesson. Because these tales are so ancient, it is likely they were part of an oral storytelling tradition and were compiled over many centuries, with Aesop being a convenient figurehead.

Some of Aesop's most recognized fables include "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," and "The Fox and the Grapes." These stories have been used to teach children moral lessons for thousands of years and have had a profound influence on both literature and culture. The timeless nature of Aesop’s fables lies in their simplicity and the universal truths they impart, demonstrating the enduring power of a well-told story.

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