The place of Aesop's birth is uncertain—Thrace, Phrygia, Ethiopia, Samos Island, Athens, Sardis and Amorium all claim the honor.
Aesop's deformity was further disputed by the Athenians, who erected in his honor a noble statue by the sculptor Lysippus.
The edition by Olivia Temple and Robert Temple, titled The Complete Fables by Aesop, although the fables are not complete here since fables from Babrius, Phaedrus and other major ancient sources have been omitted.
Greek oral tradition, which for centuries preserved the Homeric epics, similarly passed down Aesop's Fables, and they were among the best-known stories from the ancient world circulated in vernacular European languages.
In 1484, William Caxton, the first printer of books in English, printed a version of Aesop's Fables, which was brought up to date by Sir Roger L'Estrange in 1692.
Aesop's Fables have become a blanket term for collections of brief fables, usually involving anthropomorphized animals.
Aesop's fables and the Panchatantra share about a dozen tales, leading to discussions whether the Greeks learned these fables from Indian storytellers or the other way, or if the influences were mutual.
Aesop (also spelled Жsop, from the Greek ??????? – Ais?pos) is the figure traditionally credited with the collection of fables identified with his name.
Aesop was also briefly mentioned in the classic Egyptian myth, "The Girl and the Rose-Red Slippers," considered by many to be history's first Cinderella story.
Ben E. Perry, the editor of Aesopic fables of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library, compiled a numbered index by type.
A contrary story, however, said that Aesop spoke up for the common people against tyranny through his fables, which incensed Peisistratus, an opponent of free speech.
The first extensive translation of Aesop into Latin was done by Phaedrus, a freedman of Augustus in this first century C.E., although at least one fable had already been translated by the poet Ennius.
More recently, in 2002 a translation by Laura Gibbs was published by Oxford World's Classics, entitled Aesop's Fables.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, this makes the Mona Lisa the most valuable painting ever insured.
Popular stories surrounding Aesop were assembled in a vita prefixed to a collection of fables under his name, compiled by Maximus Planudes, a fourteenth-century monk.
Aesop must have been freed, for he conducted the public defense of a certain Samian demagogue (Aristotle, Rhetoric, ii.
Underscoring values such as honesty, integrity, and frugality, Aesop's Fables are still taught in schools throughout the world and used as subjects for various entertainments, especially children's plays and cartoons.
From these collections the fourteenth-century monk Maximus Planudes compiled the collection which has come down under the name of Aesop.
The collection under the name of Aesop's Fables evolved from the late Greek version of Babrius, who turned them into choliambic verses, at an uncertain time between the third century B.C.E.