When I was eight years old I was given a used children's book that was a wonderful collection of literature for young minds like mine. Being an avid reader for as long as I can remember, of course I almost "read the print off the pages" (as my dad used to kid me).
My favorite portion was the illustrated collection of Aesop's favorites. I loved Aesop then and do still today, often referencing one of his tales when I want to make a point. I love stories that have a moral. And why not? I was reared on Jesus and his parables. Even today I still get a real kick out of certain of Jesus' stories.
But back to Aesop. Mind you, there is a bit of debate about the man - whether he really existed at all (although there are indeed brief references to him in ancient writings). Then also we don't have any of his original writings (assuming he did exist, of course). Students of Aesop's fables have not failed to notice that many of his tales exist in various versions all across the world, and so probably all could not have been original with him. And the fables themselves detail the most incredible accounts of things, talking animals, for instance.
Ah, but I still find great value in Aesop's little stories. They hold more than a bit of the sacred for me because I treasure wisdom. So details about who thought them up or when or if they have a true basis are totally beside the point for me.
Does this make me a mythic theologian?