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(Encyclopedia)Phaedrus f´drs [key], fl. 1st cent. AD, Latin writer, a Thracian slave, possibly a freedman of Augustus. He wrote fables in verse based largely on those of Aesop. The prose collections of fables ...


(Encyclopedia)Aesop ´sp, ´sp [key], legendary Greek fabulist. According to Herodotus, he was a slave who lived in Samos in the 6th cent. BC and eventually was freed by his master. Other accounts associate...


(Encyclopedia)Plato pl´t [key], 427?–347 BC, Greek philosopher. Plato's teachings have been among the most influential in the history of Western civilization. Life After pursuing the liberal studies of his d...

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