Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth. Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children.
Russell Ash went to Durham University to study Geography and Anthropology before starting work in publishing in 1967. Since then he has worked on a huge number of books, including writing and contributing to over 100 non-fiction titles such as The Top Ten of Everything. Russell has a daughter and two sons, and lives with his wife Caroline in Lewes, East Sussex.