While robots and artificial intelligence may seem
like recent concepts, some argue that those ideas originated in ancient Greece.
Source: American Library Association
“Yeh-Shen” may be the oldest version we know of the Cinderella story, but it’s far from the only variation on this familiar tale. Find out about other versions that span the globe.
Atlantis isn’t the only myth about a long-lost kingdom beneath the ocean. Read what other lost city myths are told around the world.
Maybe the infamous Trojan Horse wasn’t real, but it could have inspired actual methods used during the Trojan War.
Source: Live Science
Is the curse surrounding King Tut’s tomb real? Some people think so— read about why.
Tibetans attempt to summon supernatural powers to combat the extreme drought.
Source: Real Simple
The author of the Harry Potter series threw herself a birthday party that featured a “lost manuscript” displayed in an unexpected way.
Source: The Atlantic
Most of the stories we remember hearing as young children avoid content that is gruesome or unsettling. But some writers feel that it’s healthier to share stories with a more frightening side.
Source: National Geographic
Almost half a millennium ago in the New World, Spanish explorers heard tales of a land filled with gold and treasure. Soon, the myth of El Dorado was born. Read this article to learn the truth behind the myth. Did El Dorado really exist?
Source: The Conversation
There’s definitely one of the tales of the Brothers Grimm that you’ve never heard, because it was developed using artificial intelligence after analyzing their works. Find out what that’s all about and why stories about princesses and shepherds still capture us.
Source: The Tudor Society
Mark Twain’s tale about the young Prince Edward may be fiction, but Edward’s true story is even stranger. Crowned king at age 9, he faced the plotting and scheming of his power-hungry uncles.
Source: The Conversation
Are the tales of King Arthur based in fact? TL;DR: Probably not, but they’re a lot of fun!
Source: Khan Academy
Learn about an Aztec legend by getting an up-close look at a terrifying statue.
Vampire stories began way before Dracula. Find out about the real-life afflictions that made people believe frightening tales.
Source: The Kennedy Center
Once upon a time, fairy tales weren’t for children. They weren’t even written down. Read this history to learn how much fairy tales—even the ones with which we’re most familiar—have changed over time. Be sure to follow the links to older versions of the tales, and find out for yourself!
Source: The Portalist
Where do fairy tales and legends come from? At least one well-known tale is rooted in a real historic event.
Source: Exquisite Terror
In this interview, fairy tale author Jack Zipes discusses why fairy tales matter, who their audience is, and how they influence the horror genre.
If tales of superheroes serve to inspire us and reflect what we value, they should represent all of us. Hear from the director and cast of the blockbuster movie.
Source: Psychology Today
Explore the plot and significance of a popular Greek myth.
One of the best-known Norse myths about the end of the universe may have originated in a real-world ancient catastrophe.