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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

25. Legends - Real or Not Real?

25. Legends - Real or Not Real?

Alex (Stephen Joffe) is digging for buried treasure, when the Timeblazers, Jen (Heidi Leigh) and Sam (Mike Ackerman), stop by to tell him that his pirate's map is a fake. To help Alex better understand fact from fiction, they first head back to ancient Greece and Plato, who made up the story of the mythical island Atlantis with it's lost civilization and riches. The legend was probably based on the island of Thera, which was destroyed by a volcano. Next Alex learns that the story of the good English King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is just that, a good story, written by Geoffrey of Monmouth; also that the Sword Excalibur and Merlin, were other characters created from a group of Celtic myths and legends. Next we see that while sea "monsters" never existed, they were real in the minds of early sailors and discoveries of 30-foot-long giant squids in Antarctica prove that some legends do turn out to be real. As for Robin Hood, King Richard and Prince John were real, but there is no real evidence there was a Robin of Luxley. There too is no such thing as the "curse of the mummy," which dates back to Howard Carter's expedition, when he discovered the tomb of King Tut; some people in his party did get ill, but none ever died from being in the tombs. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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