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Æsop (c. 620–560 B.C.)

Æsop (ē’sop). A Greek fabulist who is supposed to have lived in the seventh century B.C. According to tradition, he was a captive of war and for part of his life a slave. Many of his fables have been traced to Egyptian and Indian sources. Socrates, during his imprisonment, put into verse a portion of the Æsopian fables. A more complete collection of them was by Babrius, a Greek fabulist. The modern “Æsop” was collected and edited by Maximus Planudes, the editor of the Greek ‘Anthology,’ in the fourteenth century. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).