620 - 560
Greek author of famous animal fables.
Aesop had his name attributed to an extensive collection of beast fables that were developed through the oral tradition of the time. It is not known whether Aesop was an actual personage or merely a legendary figure.
The importance of Aesop's fables was the moral message attached to each, which a situation involving animals was used to illustrate.
Rewritten several centuries later, his fables have become some of the most famous in world literature.