Is mythology considered on-topic for this site? I'd like to how the History.SE community feels about this (personally, I think it's off-topic).

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    There is now a proposed mythology.se: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/58307/mythology
    – two sheds
    Nov 18, 2014 at 15:51
  • Wouldn't it make sense to have questions on History SE like "what did these people believe," "what evidence do we have for what these people believed," "what stories did these people use to justify x conquest"?
    – capet
    Oct 15, 2020 at 16:25

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Since Mythology is more of a set of stories without a hard basis that can be answered factually, unless about content but origination would be hard on many, I'd say it doesn't belong in History SE. If the Mythology can be put in a historical context (maybe something like - who were the story tellers of the Gauls and how were they known to impart their knowledge?) then you might be able to get an answer on some sources. As to the myths themselves they might have a basis but that might be beyond the reach of the site and its purpose.

  • For sure it can be related to History. Because many* things are recordered in archeological findings, and even in written documents. People just need to ask in the right context. Good luck with the biased distinction. May 26, 2017 at 3:29

Mythology is, obviously, not on topic here, but it is now on topic on the recently public Mythology Stack Exchange.

Feel free to refer people to the new stack!


The sort of mythology involving gods, monsters and superhuman feats should be clearly off-topic.

But there's also the mythology concerning more worldly affairs such as the establishment of cities and the rule of various heroes and sage kings, and as they are related in proper historical works by the likes of Plutarch and Sima Qian, it is not always easy to see where myth ends and history starts. I think that the historicity of such events is best left to answerers and questions on these subjects should be treated as on topic.

  • I'm inclined to agree with this answer. Ultimately, it depends on how the question is worded. If it pertains to historical events or items connected to mythological figures, then it could be considered relevant. Nov 28, 2011 at 17:12

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