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Author Topic: Hydromythology and the Ancient Greek World: An Earth Science Perspective Emphasizing Karst Hydrology  (Read 4068 times) Average Rating: 0
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« Reply #4: September 18, 2010, 01:00:32 pm »

Ancient tales about water may have contained embellishments regarding causation, but the physical facts behind the stories are well grounded in the earth sciences.

This reminds me of a show I caught on the History Channel the other day.  It was about finding possible explanations for creatures described in Greek myth, such as griffins, cyclops, the minotaur, etc.

Basically, it looked at paleontological discoveries in the region and how those fossils could have been interpreted by the ancients.  F'ex, there's a particular kind of dinosaur that had a beak, a particular body shape, and a "frill" on its back.  Looking at those skeletons, you can see how someone who didn't know about dinosaurs could have pictured a griffin -- lion's body, hawk's beak, wings.  And, since a number of those fossils were found in a region known for its gold, the story about griffins evolved to include the parts about griffins guarding gold.

I wish I could find something about this show on History Channel's website.  It was pretty interesting.  Same idea of looking at the physical facts that might undergird the stories.
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