Born: 620 BC
Born In: Delphi, Greece
Aesop was a Greek fabulist who is remembered for some of the most popular fables ever written, broadly known as ‘Aesop’s Fables’. There is hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of ‘Aesopica’. Most of these stories have anthropomorphic characters and have a moral attached to them. However, it is wise to remember that his stories were compiled by others throughout history. There is no actual evidence whether or not he told these stories. Similar fables have been found in other ancient cultures as well. There is a mystery surrounding his origin as well, with many speculating if Aesop was actually another storyteller’s fictional name. The love for these fables has survived centuries because of their simplicity. It doesn’t hurt that they have remained relatable throughout time and history and have been used to teach moral values to children. Some of the most popular fables are ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’, ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, and ‘The Crow and the Pitcher’ etc. Additionally, morals like “birds of a feather flock together”, “necessity is the mother of invention”, and “slow but steady wins the race” are also ascribed to him.