Aesop, probably one of the most famous fabulist storytellers of all time.  His fables, always with a moral and ethical undertone, have presented countless generations with amusing and thought provoking tales.  So, who was Aesop?  He may be as much of a fable as his stories, but, as it goes, Aesop was a slave in ancient Greece, born 600 B.C.  His tales were told to his master, his Master's friends, and quickly he became known for his quick wit and fables.  Eventually being freed by his Master.

     Aesop's Fables were chiefly preserved through Babrius, Phaedrus, Plandrus, Planudes Maximus and La Fontaine's verse translations.  The fables themselves are known by all, even if you don't know of Aesop himself.  A few of the more classic stories, like, The Tortoise and The Hare, have been immortalized in many a modern day cartoon.  Aesop is a timeless storyteller cause of the mix of amusing stories that have a lesson to be learned.

      If you want to read his fables, just click the fables button at the top of the page.  These fables were taken from George Fyler Townsend's translation of Aesop's fables.  There are more modern adaptations and translations of Aesop's fables, but most of the ones you find online will be based off of Townsend's translation.

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