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Phaedrus (c. 15 BC – c. 50 AD), Roman fabulist, was probably a Thracian slave, born in Pydna of Macedonia (Roman province) and lived in the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. He is recognized as the first writer to Latinize entire books of fables, retelling in iambic metre the Greek prose Aesopic tales.

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  • ''A nation rushing hastily to and fro, busily employed in idleness.''
    Phaedrus (c. 1st century A.D.), Roman fabulist. Fables, bk. 5, fable 2.
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