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His fables often involve talking animals with human characteristics that solve a problem or illustrate a moral. A great number of stories are accredited to Aesop, from a number of different countries, but no physical writings by him survive.
He is mentioned by Greek historians in writings by Herodotus, Socrates and Aristophanes. Some of his most famous fables include ‘The Boy who cried Wolf’, ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’, ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’ and ‘The Lion and the Mouse’.
Aesop was an Ancient Greek storyteller who lived from 620-564 BC, although some scholars believe ‘Aesop’ to be a number of different fabulists brought together into one identity.
Many of our well known sayings come from Aesop.