Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


AEsop, the accredited author of the celebrated fables, was born about 619 B.C., probably in Phrygia. He came to Athens as a slave, and was manumitted by Iadmon of Samos. According to Plutarch he visited the court of Croesus and rebuked Solon for his arrogance. The Lydian king sent him to Delphi with a large sum of money to distribute, but as he did not execute his mission to the satisfaction of the Delphians, they killed him, 564 B.C. Though antiquity is clear as to his having been the author of fables, none of them are extant, and it is impossible to trace his work amongst the productions of his numerous imitators.

“Are you dejected? here is comfort. Are you sinful? here is righteousness. Are you led away with present enjoyments? here you have honours, and pleasures, and all in Christ Jesus. You have a right to common pleasures that others have, and besides them you have interest in others that are everlasting, that shall never fail; so that there is nothing that is dejecting and abasing in man, but there is comfort for it in Christ Jesus.”
–Richard Sibbes, Description of Christ