The lost city of Atlantis, King Arthur, and Robin Hood are prominent examples of legends. A legend is a story from the past of a significant person or event that is passed down by tradition and is unverifiable in its factual or historical basis.Know More
The city of Atlantis was introduced by the Greek philosopher Plato. He described Atlantis as an advanced civilization that fell out of favor of the gods from a decline of ethical standards and sank into the ocean. The intent of Plato’s dialogues telling of Atlantis as either fact or allegory has been debated since the philosophers of antiquity.
The origin of King Arthur is placed by historians at approximately A.D. 830 in the written works of a Welsh monk, Nennius, called "Historia Brittonum." There is little to say that this is a work of fiction or fact, or even that the Arthur of legend is a product of Nennius' Arthur.
Robin Hood characterizes the rebellion of the feudal system in medieval England. Plays and games based on Robin Hood became common during May Day celebrations around the beginning of the 15th century. Historians place his actual existence in the 12th or 13th century, though there is little evidential basis for this theory.Learn more in Mythology
According to T.H. White's 1938 classic "The Once and Future King," King Arthur's childhood nickname was Wart. This common and unassuming name sits in stark contrast to the glory that Arthur obtains, once he becomes king.Full Answer >
Hestia was the mild mannered protector of hearth and home. She also presided over the baking of bread, and she was the goddess of the sacrificial flame.Full Answer >
The Greek god Apollo was a protector and skilled musician who was known for his love of prophecy. Apollo also slew horrific monsters and courted many mortals. His Oracle at Delphi was known throughout Greece.Full Answer >
Hades, the Greek god of the Underworld, is the son of Cronus and Rhea. His brothers are Zeus, the leader of the Olympians, and Poseidon, the god of the sea. His sisters are Hera, Zeus's wife and goddess of marriage and family, Demeter, goddess of agriculture, and Hestia, the goddess of home and family.Full Answer >