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storyteller, fabulist, legend

Aesop was a Greek storyteller who lived in the 6th century BCE and is known for his collection of fables. The fables, like “The Tortoise and the Hare,” primarily feature anthropomorphic animals and are intended to teach moral lessons. Contradictions between different fables and in recorded details of Aesop’s life lead many to believe that he didn’t actually write all of his fables or even exist in the first place.

Best-known works: Aesop’s Fables

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