Again those fables
which, although they did not originate with Aesop
(for Hesiod seems to have been the first to write
them), are best known by Aesop's name, are specially
attractive to rude and uneducated minds, which are
less suspicious than others in their reception of
fictions and, when pleased, readily agree with the
arguments from which their pleasure is derived.
Thus Menenius Agrippa1
is said to have reconciled
the plebs to the patricians by his fable of the limbs'
quarrel with the belly. Horace2