Myths or Reality


We used to listen to stories, while we were kids. Before we go to sleep, in our free time, in order to entertain ourselves. We used to like the stories, and let ourselves dream about the beautiful Helen of Troy, the mythical Maenads, and the powerful Zeus. In the case that something of the all above frightened us, it was simple enough, to run towards our mother and she would calm us down, by saying, “relax, it is nothing more but just a fairytale”. Then we would be able to sleep again, and be calm, and sure that nothing of the things in the fairytales, whether it is good or bad, does not exist, just because of that. Fairytales, mythology call it however you want does not exist in the real world. That is what our parents taught us, that the fairytales, are nothing more than creations of a spotless mind. In the very end, we learn not to believe in such things, like mythical cities, weird creatures and even Gods.

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What if though, the fairytales, turn out to be true? What if all of the things that we have read about or even heard of, existed somehow in a way? What if? A million questions, without any logical or even stable answer. It is said that the human mind cannot make up something of its own, but it needs, something to be leading it to any image conclusion or any possible story.

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Troy is one of the very best examples that the myth came true. There was no one to believe that the great Troy existed and that famous Trojan War took place ever. Almost everyone used to take as granted that a tale like Iliad and Odyssey were far too good to be true. Homer’s existence was also doubted (thing that has not changed, even until today). Until a crazy man appeared from literally nowhere. Mr. Heinrich Schliemann. He was not even a professional archaeologist he was just a passionate man with the ancient Greece and civilization. He performed several archaeological excavations including the ones in Ithaka, Troy and Mycenae. He brought into the light several things that were making the claiming of all those centuries about the Trojan War even stronger. He finally brought into the light the city of Troy that Hector and many others died. The story and myth of all those centuries and eras became true, became history.

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With that little example, there is proof of a case that a fairytale, became the one of the most important discoveries in the 20th century. We have to think critically. What if this? What if that? And we should never exclude any possibility. What if the Nemea Lion, that according to the myth Hercules killed, existed? I mean dinosaurs, as well existed, but they had, distinguished from the planet earth because of the climate changes. What if the Harpies existed, and just vanished during the passage of centuries? Who knows, maybe sometime, a crazy man like Heinrich Schliemann, will prove the myths right, making them pure history.

Nikoleta Vemvetsou is 19 years old and she is currently studying History & Archaeology in the University of Ioannina, which was a childhood’s dream as she recalls. She writes articles on various topics including history, arcaeology, literature, poetry and more, in many blogs, newspapers and magazines as well as her own poetry. She is the co-founder of Literatology and also a co-chief editor of the Literatology team.
Nikoleta Vemvetsou is 19 years old and she is currently studying History & Archaeology in the University of Ioannina, which was a childhood’s dream as she recalls. She writes articles on various topics including history, arcaeology, literature, poetry and more, in many blogs, newspapers and magazines as well as her own poetry. She is the co-founder of Literatology and also a co-chief editor of the Literatology team.

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