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Friday, 3rd August, 2012 | Source: ScienceNOW | Category: Off-beat

Is Mythology Like Facebook?

Researchers are getting a fresh perspective on the classics by comparing them to Facebook. Texts in which characters’ social relationships reflect patterns similar to the connections found on real-world social networks are more likely to be rooted in real events, making it possible to determine which ancient epics are entirely fictional and which are based on events that actually happened.

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