（*Ai)/swpos), a writer of Fables, a species of composition which has been defined " analogical narratives, intended to convey some moral lesson, in which irrational animals or objects are introduced as speaking." (Philolog. Museum, i. p. 280.) Of his works none are extant, and of his life scarcely anything is known.
He appears to have lived about B. C. 570, for Herodotus (2.134) mentions a woman named Rhodopis as a fellowslave of Aesop's, and says that she lived in the time of Arnasis king of Egypt, who began to reign B. C. 569. Plutarch makes him contemporary with Solon (Sept. Sap. Conv. p. 152c.), and Laertius (1.72) says, that he flourished about the 52th Olympiad.
The only apparent authority against this date is that of Suidas (s. v. *Ai)/swpos); but the passage is plainly corrupt, and if we adopt the correction of Clinton, it gives about B. C. 620 for the date of his birth; his death is placed B. C. 564, but may have occurred a little later. (See Clinton, Fast. Hell. vo
1. Of Messene, an historian, who, according to one account, was the father of the poet Ibycus. (Suid. s. v. *)/Ibukos). If so, he must have lived about B. C. 570