Claudius Aesopus was a Roman tragedian in the 1st century AD. He was born in Heraclea Pontica, a Greek city in present-day Turkey, and was brought to Rome as a slave. He was trained in the art of acting and eventually gained his freedom. He went on to become one of the most celebrated actors of his time, known for his powerful and emotive performances.
Aesopus performed in the plays of ancient Roman playwrights such as Seneca and Accius, as well as those of the Greek classics by Sophocles and Euripides. He was particularly famous for his performances in tragedies, and was said to have had a powerful and distinctive stage presence.
Aesopus was also known for his ability to play both male and female characters, which was considered to be a rare and highly valued skill among ancient actors. He was also a highly respected teacher of acting and trained many of the actors of his time.
Aesopus died in Rome in the 1st century AD, but his legacy lived on through his performances and the many actors he trained. He is considered one of the greatest actors of ancient Rome and an important figure in the history of acting.