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The  Life of Aesop is shrouded in obscurity.  Sardis, Samos, Mesembria, and Cotiaeum, are all thought to be his place of birth.  Aesop is almost universally considered to have been born around 620 B.C., and to have been born into slavery. He was ultimately set free by one of his masters due to his learning and wit. His desire to learn was intense and he traveled throughout many countries.

Few facts can be relied on, in reference to Aesop's life. Much of what was once considered to be true about his life is now universally considered to be false. These false ideas include the notion that Aesop was deformed.