Hey, guys and gals! Welcome to my new website Aesop Project. It is truly a delight to have you with me today! First off, I am honored that you have chosen to visit my humble site. I hope you are hungry to learn about some of the most world-renowned fables of all time! (Like, who hasn’t heard of the tortoise and the hare, right?) I am pumped to explore some of these stories and uncover the meaning behind them. It may not sound to interesting right now, but there is so much TRUTH packed into tiny, little stories that it really is fascinating. Aesop in particular is one of my favorites. If you have some spare time (in between watching House of Cards on Netflix and browsing the internet), it would definitely be worth your while to check out some of his work. Aesop was a Greek fabulist who lived around 600 B.C.E., which in case you have yet to take a history class, was a long time ago. I can’t disclose the details of his life, mostly because they are nonexistent. Most of the records that scholars have of him are probably made up, stories written on stone tablets that his friends probably wrote to make fun of him. (Disclaimer: I don’t know the validity of that last fact.) I do know that before his writing career took off, he was actually a slave to a man named Xanthus. This is particularly incredible to me that Aesop somehow managed to be freed (details fuzzy) during this era. Although we don’t really know a whole lot about this time period, judging by the harshness of slavery we have seen in the last century and definitely preceding that, it is remarkable how he came to be a free man! He is so brilliant and insightful that sometime during his life, an account of his time on Earth was dictated as what is know as The Aesop Romance. This is especially remarkable to read through due to the fanatical elements of the story. Since I’m sure not a lot of you have even the foggiest idea that this thing existed before now, I will give you a brief rundown of the epic dramatization of Aesop’s life.
So, apparently when Aesop was in slavery, he was infamous for his lack of good looks, unfortunately, and also his inability to speak. This is very unfortunate for how can one possibly communicate if they can’t speak and are not too easy on the eyes. (Not sure sign language was a thing back then.) Then, he showed kindness toward and Egyptian goddess, although the details are not specified. This goddess decides to show favor on poor Aesop and grants him speaking abilities and also the power of story-telling. This he uses to his advantage to escape the throngs of slavery, by outdoing his master and embarrassing Xanthus, who was a philosopher, in front of his students. Somehow this helped him out of slavery although that seems very generous on Xanthus’ part, who I’m sure was less than pleased at Aesop’s little demonstration of brain power. Aesop spent the rest of his life traveling, thinking, pondering and writing fables. It seems like he may have lived a nice life, but the story goes that he traveled to Delphi and insulted the people there with an offensive fable, and he was sentenced to jump to his death there. Well, I hope you found this informative and at least slightly interesting. Stick around! There will be more fable-telling soon!