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What makes historical epics reliable or not reliable? Anon 09/19/2022 (Mon) 13:52:44 ID:411df3 No. 1754
In japan, an epic written in poetic form called the heiki monogatari(平家物語) tells of a massive war between two clans for control of the country. The genpei war described in the tale led to the defeat of the taira clan by the minamoto and establishment of the first military goverment called shogunate/bakufu. This epic is considered a genuine source of history written down at the time of the war and gives us most of our historical knowledge about the period and what the war was like. In india, most epics are considered completely mythical with no consideration of some parts being eyewitness accounts. How do historians decide which epic accounts to trust and how much?
>>1754 Chronology (internal and comparative) and plausibility (e.g. exaggerations, excessive depictions of mythological creatures or divine interference)

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