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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Why do people call the Iliad a myth? When they found frickin' TROY!!!!?

Isn't the fact that they found the city...all nine of them....prove that the Iliad is true? That Achilles fought Hector? That Odysseus came up with the idea of the Horse? You should believe it, there's evidence (Troy, that is) for it!!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Does that mean we should take War of the Worlds as fact because New York actually exists?

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  • 1 decade ago

    People call The Iliad a myth because it shows clear elements of the genre of mythology. The literary structure of the narrative itself lends to the idea that it is mythos.

    Since you made this question as a parody of a Christian's...The Bible is made up of many different types of literature. To put any one label on it, like "myth," shows that you don't understand what the Bible actually is. There may be certain books that are myths, but there are just as many that are not, like the Gospels. The Gospels, for example, have the literary structure and use many features of Greco-Roman biography, and have very few characteristics of mythos.

    Sorry to spoil the fun. Enjoy the pats on the back from your atheist colleagues.

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  • Corey
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Myth doesn't mean not true. It just means there's a mythic element to the story. Me going to the store isn't mythic. George Washington crossing the Delaware is. He did cross the Delaware and fought the Battle of Trenton. A hero triumps of the hostility of nature, overcomes great odds in battle and restores hope for a cause that had been nearly lost. The story is embelished a little from what probably happened (who's going to stand in a boat on difficult water?), but that doesn't make it not true or not mythic.

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  • M
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    few people fail to realize this is in relation to biblical archeaology as a means to "prove the bible" People don't seem to realize that when creating a religion, it is always best to use real people and places to make it stick and relate to the poeple... Many people think that because these places existed, the bible must be true..

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think you should look up the Word

    myth buddy... and no "they" being archaeologists have not actually confirmed the location of Troy, they just have a likely candidate in Turkey.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, now; Snap144 should be on board with that.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArClN...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Also, there was wood found in Troy. How would that get there, if not from a giant horse-shaped structure??

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  • 1 decade ago

    Zeus is God, read the Iliad!

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  • Pi
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Well at least you're into the classics which is more than can be said for most folks these days..

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well done =)

    i was thinking of doing something similar using harry potter lol

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