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Aesop- An Ugly Slave or A Famous Story Teller?  


I would not believe it if any of you said you do not know who Aesop is. However, Aesop is actually said to be the author of a plethora of animal stories and fables, which are fairly similar to the Indian Panchatantra and teach worldly knowledge and wisdom!

Now comes the information I attained, they say that according to Greek historian Herodotus, Aesop survived on planet Earth sometime during the 6th century BC. He is said to have been a pitiable slave on the island of Samos. Much has been said about his uninviting physical characteristics. It is said the Aesop was the ugliest of men to survive on Earth. He had a deformed face, crooked nose, shrewd mouth and unruly hair with sore eyes.

People, as they are, used to laugh more at Aesop and his bleak beauty rather than his stories. But Aesop, being a man of fortitude and patience bore through the pain and canalized his anger or agony into producing better and better stories. And at last, they say he succeeded for half the people in the 21st century do not know that Aesop was probably a real person. His name has become phenomenal and synonymous to the word “fable” and many tales not composed by him were nevertheless attributed to him.

So here comes the final verdict, “Every cloud has a silver lining!” What is yours?

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  1. *~*{Sameera}*~*  

    When I was in school,I got this hard bound li'l book of Aesop's Fables.They are timeless tales.

    Never knew about him though.Nice of you to focus on his life :)

  2. Meghna  

    Hi Sameera,
    Thank you so much....his tales are certainly timeless :P

  3. --xh--  

    yup, Aesop overcame his physical barriers with his stories, and his stories are now synonym of fables...

  4. Meghna  

    Hi Anoop,
    I'm glad he did or we wouldn't have been able to read such wonderful fables :P


    I didn't know anything about him except his stories..
    Thank you for the informations..
    A person who can tell such wonderful stories is never ugly...
    nice post..
    great blog..
    me have a new post
    Hope you will visit it...

  6. rahul  

    hey thankx for the information!

  7. Meghna  

    Hi MIP,
    Thanks for your visit....certainly....he can never be ugly :0
    I'm off, you bet :P

  8. Meghna  

    Hi Rahul,
    You are most welcome :)

  9. Rajesh  

    Nice one...loved reading... Blog rolling U :)

    P.S: Thanks for visiting my blog...keep coming

  10. Meghna  

    Hi Rajesh,
    Thanks a lot.....I'll be a regular now :P

  11. Keshi  

    Inspiring post!

    His story just goes to show that what really matters is what's on the INSIDE...not what's on the OUTSIDE.


  12. Meghna  

    Hi Keshi di,
    Certainly very apt :)

  13. Roy  
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  14. Roy  

    Jane Austin

    Actually when Jane Austin wrote it, she tilled it as “First Impression.” When it got rejected she simply change the title as “Pride & Prejudice” & then it got published.

    Even her second novel was brought with only $ 1o but it didn’t get published in her lifetime.

  15. Anonymous  

    good blog this

  16. Susanno  

    He did lots of great story. I choose he to be the famous story teller. Thanks for sharing it Megh..

  17. comfortably numb  

    great men are recognised only after their time!!!

  18. Farah Deen  

    I think he's a great man with great talent. Who doesn't know him anyway right? at least, we know about the Fables!

    btw Meghna, thanks for visiting and sorry it took me so long to visit you. I have been busy and only now back to blogging regularly.

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