Aesop was born in the year 620 B.
C. in Greece. He was born a slave. His first master was Xanthus and his second master was
Jadmon. Aesop was granted his freedom by Jadmon. After gaining his freedom Aesop raised
his status from slavery to one of high respect. He traveled through many countries.
Aesop became an employee of the
monarch Croesus in Sardis. He went on many ambassadorial missions. While on the missions
he was often found telling one of his wise fables. One of these missions was the cause of
his death. Croesus sent Aesop to Delphi with a large sum of gold to distribute among the
citizen. Aesop was provoked by the Delphians and refused to divide the money. He took it
back to Sardis. The Delphians accused him of disrespecting the gods. He was executed as a
Aesop told his stories to many
people throughout his life. These stories were retold and passed down from generation to
generation by word of mouth. The fables were not written down for over 200 years. Each of
these fables have a lesson to be told. Many of the fables are a means of political and
social criticism. The stories end with a moral to assure the reader understands the
message. Over 600 fables are have been collected and written down.