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legend - Examples, Related concepts, Some famous legends

ancient stories term

A vague term, either referring to stories of ancient heroes, saints, or ordinary men and women which have been handed down by oral or written tradition; or simply to fairy stories. It is usually, but not always, distinguished from myth, which deals with gods; and opposed to history, which is subject to critical judgment. Nevertheless, because ancient peoples were not given to fiction, in the modern sense of the term, a legend often contains a kernel of truth.

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