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(620-560 BC)

Fable writer whose many stories are still read. Amongst them are The Dog who wanted too much, The Hare and the Turtle, The Fox and the Grapes and The Wolf and the Lamb.

Aesop was originally a Phrygian slave on the island Samos, but managed to earn his freedom through his wits. He was then to spend his life at the court of the famous king Croesus.

After a journey to Delphi, Aesop had openly criticized the oracles' priesthood, saying they were the parasites of Apollo. This cost him his life, since the angry priests murdered him.

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