Ancient History And Biography : A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers

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“To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense, it contains only enduring and essential truth, the I and you, the here and there, the now and then, being omitted. Either time or rare wisdom writes it." Said Henry David Thoreau in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers published in January 18, 1849. All over the world, during the ancient times, many cultures had developed their own mythological systems to help explain the events of the world and attempt to provide answers for unanswerable questions. Since the technology and science available today did not exist at the time, humans came up with these stories. They created a set of gods and goddesses who they assigned unique personalities, traits and duties. They managed to come up with stories about love, affairs, jealousy and honor. Unlike other religions, the Greek managed to give these gods a lot of human traits. Although Greek mythology can sound ceaselessly entertaining and fictitious, it is in no way frivolous. Greek mythology was made not only for answers and entertainment, but to provide humans with crucial life lessons.
Many people might wonder, why did the Greek invented these gods and goddesses? The Greeks wanted answers. With the technology we have today we are able to explain the reason why it rains from the sky and why lighting forms, we are able to explain why the moon comes up when the sun hides in the horizon. We are even

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