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 about Mythology
In Greek mythology, Medusa, the serpent-haired gorgon, was killed by Perseus. Perseus was sent to kill her by the King Polydectes, who was attempting to get Perseus out of the way so he could marry Perseus's mother, Danae.Full Answer >
Lists of Greek Gods and Goddesses are available at GreekGodsandGoddesses.net and Gods-and-Monsters.com. Both sites offer a thorough list of both major and minor deities in the Greek pantheon.Full Answer >
Aphrodite's siblings, including stepbrothers and stepsisters, are Ares, Athena, Apollo, Artemis Dionysus, Hebe, Hermes, Heracles, Helen of Troy, Hephaestus, Perseus, Minos and the Muses. These characters are all children of Zeus, the products of his many erotic escapades. Aphrodite's mother is Dione, according to Homer's "Iliad."Full Answer >
The term, “The owl of Minerva” is part of a metaphor for philosophy that originated in the book,“The Philosophy of Right” by G.W.F. Hegel. It refers to the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva, who was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Athena. Minerva is traditionally depicted with her sacred owl, symbolizing her connection to wisdom.Full Answer >