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Old 27 January 2015, 03:32 PM
Samwise Z Samwise Z is offline
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Myths usually begin as oral tradition passed down (possibly for generations) before being written. It's often unclear how much historical truth, allegory, pure fiction, or whatever is involved. For example, Theseus' labyrinth and minotaur were considered purely fictional until archaeologists discovered twisty Minoan architecture on Crete decorated with lots of bulls, The story is now considered allegory or metaphor or some such.

Another example: In modern times, trying to reconstruct the actual history of a famous film is often very difficult, because different stars/directors/staff told different versions -- often ego-centric -- and it's not clear what's myth and what's history. But again, the myth may not be pure fiction, it may just reflect different personal perspectives.
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