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Aesop

ancient Greek storyteller

619   -   563

language of expression: Ancient Greek
occupation: fabulist, writer, mythographer

Aesop ( EE-sop; c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. Many of the tales are characterized by animals and inanimate objects that speak, solve problems, and generally have human characteristics. Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave (δοῦλος) who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included many works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs.
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works

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The Tortoise and the Hare

fable by Aesop

author: Aesop

L’Enfant voleur et sa Mère

fable d’Ésope

author: Aesop

L’Enfant qui se baigne

fable d’Ésope

author: Aesop

Le Dépositaire et le Serment

fable d’Ésope

author: Aesop

Le Père et ses Filles

literary work by Aesop

author: Aesop

La Perdrix et l’Homme

literary work by Aesop

author: Aesop

La Colombe qui a soif

literary work by Aesop

author: Aesop

La Colombe et la Corneille

literary work

author: Aesop

Les Deux Besaces

literary work by Aesop

author: Aesop

Le Singe et les Pêcheurs

literary work by Aesop

author: Aesop

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