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Historians look for evidence about the distant past in myths and legends because myths and legends tell what people believed and understood. Historians study by looking at journals, data, diaries etc., to learn information.

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What evidence suggests that early people believed in life iafter death?

Because, despite the oft-repeated claim that there is no evidence, there is actually a heap of evidence for life after death, as illustrated by such websites as, and, amongst others.

What are the limitations of the sources of history?

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In myths the heroes or main characters are primarily?

B. gods, demigods, or spirits.

American literature of the 17th century mostly consist of?

It mainly consists of American religious poems and myths.

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How do myths and historians differ in their explanations of the rise of the first emperors?

Myths are myths, and historians pass on the myths.

How do myths and historians differ in their explanations of the rise of the first emperor?

Myths are myths, and historians pass on the myths.

Where all the Greek myths real?

A myth is a fabricated story to explain the unknown. A legend is a traditional story commonly believed to be true. History is evidence-based but not necessarily true.

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Is Medusa and Bigfoot an urban legend?

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When does the legend 'Echo and Narcissus' happen?

The Greek myths have no chronology.

Are there any legends or myths about Aconcagua?

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Who is the beautiful lady in greek myths and legend?


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