a Phrygian slave, very deformed, and the writer of fables. He was contemporary with Pythagoras, about B.C. 570.
Almost all Greek and Latin fables are ascribed to Æsop, as all our Psalms are ascribed to David. The Latin fables of Phædrus are supposed to be translations of Æsopian fables.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894