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[19] 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

1 See Liv. ii. 32.

2 Epis I. i. 73.

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