Phaedrus (15 B.C.?—55 A.D.?)
It was the chief distinction of this writer to have collected the Fables of Jesop (or whoever it was who wrote Alsop’s works) and rewritten them for the Romans. His collection is the earliest of its kind which has survived. Not all his Fables, however, are based upon Tsop. The Shipwreck of Simonides is either an original composition or was taken from another source. Phaedrus was a Thracian slave, and later a freedman, in the service of the Emperor Augustus. He once declared that the fable was invented as a “device whereby slavery could find a voice,” a definition which throws considerable light on Phaedrus’ life, even if it fails to explain the origin of the Fable form.
The present text was first published in the Bohn edition of Phaedrus in 1848.
The Shipwreck of Simonides
A lerned man has always a fund of riches in himself.
Simonides, who wrote such excellent lyric poems, the more easily to