I have already read this.

However I want to know if it is okay to ask a question such as "What references to something exists in ancient literature, folklore, mythology?"

Would that be acceptable here?

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Assuming something is a historical person/place/thing, that seems reasonable. Examining references to events in ancient sources is essentially what historians do.

Now if something is a fictional construction, it might be a bit more problematic (and there might be better stacks for the question too).

  • Thanks, understood. Yes I did mean person/place/thing but not exiting only in the past. But yes you've answered my question.
    – Rajib
    Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 16:43
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    For a fictional construction, SciFi.SE is your huckleberry.
    – DVK
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 15:35
  • @DVK - For some questions perhaps. But I'm not sure they'd like to field questions about something like the trials of Hercules.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 16:01
  • @T.E.D. - I don't think it's offtopic as long as an effort is made to either narrow down the source (Disney vs Plautus) or present it as analysis.
    – DVK
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 16:09

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