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Unformatted text preview: ? A LEGEND has its basis in historical fact. A MYTH is a story made up by primitive societies to explain natural phenomena for which they have no other explanation. In the Medieval French epic, The Song of Roland, Charlemagne is 200 years old, Roland is his nephew who blows his horn so loudly that it is heard two days journey into France. There really was a Black, steel-driving man named John Henry, but he didnt swing his hammers so fast that they caused a mountain to cave it. WHAT SEPARATES PRE-HISTORY from HISTORY ? HISTORY appears as soon as there are written records. Writing was invented in the Western world around 3200 B.C.E. The earliest writing was for the purpose of record keeping in agriculture and commerce. Epic and lyric literature appeared much later....
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- Spring '08