There were many different theories of how Aesop died. Some believed that he died because he insulted the Delphinians and they killed him by pushing him off a cliff. Others say that he insulted god and a priestess in Delphi sentenced him to death, throwing him off a cliff. Another includes Aesop stealing a gold or silver cup from the Delphinians and they chucked him off a cliff. One said that the Delphinians were jealous of Aesop of being richer than them and believed he was greedy. They threw him off a cliff. The final theory includes Aesop visiting Delphi and being mysteriously murdered during the journey. 99% of these include Aesop being thrown off a cliff, so that is how he died, in 560 BC. Before Aesop died he prophesied "You may kill me, but my unjust death will bring you (Delphinians) great misfortune." Years later the town of Delphi was hit with pestilence, famine and warfare. The Oracle of Delphi confirmed that this was the result of the death of Aesop.