I noticed that a WWII thread rambled into a thread on myth.
So I decided to start this because that was so off topic.
Myths are important and what distinguishes myth from fiction is a myth is believed. If you believe a lie that is not a myth. If you write fiction that is not a myth. Star Wars and Lord of the Rings use power mythical devices but no one thinks those stories are true.
We go then to Biblical stories or those of Homer or Hesiod and those are myths. They were belived to be true or they explained real natural events.
The Iliad may have some basis in fact, possible war or series of wars because the book was a good guide to actully find the city.
Take real people that we have myths, George Washington Abe Lincoln, Audy Murphy and Davy Crocket. Those are great Americans that create American Mythology. There are myths of the T34 that is was a super tank but it had its faws and drawbacks. What it does express the ideal tank or allow up to use it to project what an ideal tank is.
You also have as Kermit would say about frogs and warts.
One contemporay even to the the Iliad does interest me which is the Exodus story. It is very mythical but there is no question that Egypt existed but after that there is scant evidence of the story. When we look at Homer's story and try to scrape the pieces of the story which might be true there is far more evidence than any Jewish Exodus.
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