The ancient Greeks had alternative facts too — they were just more chill about it
Is making sense of a story more important than getting at its truth? Looking at the treatment of myth in ancient Greece may help us navigate what is true, and whether that matters. — By Joel Christensen, Professor of Classical Studies, Brandeis University In an age of deepfakes and alternative facts, it can be tricky getting at the truth. But persuading others — or even yourself — what is true is not a challenge unique to the modern era. Even the ancient Greeks had to confront different realities.