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6th Feb '16 11:08:11 AM ZarbiNerada
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* AuthorAvatar: Cratinus (519-422 BC) himself was the protagonist in his (sadly lost) comedy ''The Wine-Flask''.
3rd Feb '16 2:22:14 PM Ramidel
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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: The Chinese proverb for this trope[[note]]"Heaven knows. Earth knows. You know. I know."[[/note]] dates back to the Han Dynasty.
1st Jan '16 9:43:02 AM MrThorfan64
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Creon or Antigone or both of them in ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', depending on interpretation. To audiences at the time it was written, Creon was ''not'' considered an obvious villain.
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Creon or Antigone or both of them in ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', depending on interpretation. To audiences at the time it was written, Creon was ''not'' considered an obvious villain.villain, though his actions do conflict divine law.
29th Dec '15 3:26:40 PM Narsil
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* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: In the Greek myth of Perseus, the invisibility cap, flying sandals, and magic arms are what let Perseus kill {{Medusa}}.
8th Nov '15 12:48:54 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* AlmightyJanitor: The ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'' (4th century BCE) has Vishnu's human avatar, Krishna, becoming the humble charioteer of the epic's hero Prince Arjuna. Among other things, he teaches Arjuna all about Hindu philosophy and convinces him to rejoin the fight after a HeroicBSOD (in a pep talk that forms the bulk of the spiritual text the ''Literature/BhagavadGita'').

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15th Oct '15 12:14:53 PM LordGro
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Phaethon could not control the horses of the sun. That does not mean that he was a habitual Crazy Driver.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Yes, really: Jehu, son of Nimshi drives his chariot "like a madman" (Literature/TheBible, 2 Kings 9:20). And when [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Greek demigod]] Phaethon drove the sun chariot recklessly, he died and nearly destroyed all life on Earth.
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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Yes, really: Jehu, son of Nimshi drives his chariot "like a madman" (Literature/TheBible, 2 Kings 9:20). And when [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Greek demigod]] Phaethon drove the sun chariot recklessly, he died and nearly destroyed all life on Earth.
10th Oct '15 8:34:23 AM hydrix
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* WickedStepmother: In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Hera reacted to her husband Zeus' constant infidelity by harassing or trying to kill her stepchildren, such as Apollo, Artemis, and Heracles.
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* WickedStepmother: In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Hera reacted to her husband Zeus' constant infidelity by harassing or trying to kill her stepchildren, such as Apollo, Artemis, and Heracles. There is also a poem in the ''Anthologia Palatina'' where a warning says that stepmothers bring bad luck
14th Sep '15 11:46:06 AM Blackshadowydarkness
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* AkashicRecords: A repository of ultimate knowledge on another plane of existence. In other words, The Internet! The name comes from Sanskrit, and the concept originates in the Samkhya philosophies, which were first recorded around 200 CE.
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* AkashicRecords: A repository of ultimate knowledge on another plane of existence. In other words, The Internet! The name comes from Sanskrit, and the concept originates in the Samkhya philosophies, which were first recorded around 200 CE.AD.

* FanWank: As early as 44 CE, Stoic philosophers were complaining about obsessive fans who argued over literary trivia like "how many rowers did Ulysses have?"
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* FanWank: As early as 44 CE, AD, Stoic philosophers were complaining about obsessive fans who argued over literary trivia like "how many rowers did Ulysses have?"

* KlingonPromotion: If you successfully prosecuted a Roman Senator in court, you obtained their rank. Between 235 and 284 CE there were 25 different Roman emperors, mainly because they kept assassinating their predecessors.
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* KlingonPromotion: If you successfully prosecuted a Roman Senator in court, you obtained their rank. Between 235 and 284 CE AD there were 25 different Roman emperors, mainly because they kept assassinating their predecessors.

* NeverFoundTheBody: At least as early as 200 CE, Achilles Tatius' ''Literature/LeucippeAndClitophon''.
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* NeverFoundTheBody: At least as early as 200 CE, AD, Achilles Tatius' ''Literature/LeucippeAndClitophon''.

* NouveauRiche: ''Literature/TheSatyricon'' (c. 60 CE) has Trimalchio, a freed slave that has come to untold riches and is not afraid to show it off.
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* NouveauRiche: ''Literature/TheSatyricon'' (c. 60 CE) AD) has Trimalchio, a freed slave that has come to untold riches and is not afraid to show it off.

* ParanormalInvestigation: the letter ''To Sura'' by Pliny the Younger (62-113 CE) tells of a restless ghost put to rest.
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* ParanormalInvestigation: the letter ''To Sura'' by Pliny the Younger (62-113 CE) AD) tells of a restless ghost put to rest.

* SorcerersApprenticePlot: Creator/{{Lucian}}'s ''Literature/{{Philopseudes}}'', 150 CE.
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* SorcerersApprenticePlot: Creator/{{Lucian}}'s ''Literature/{{Philopseudes}}'', 150 CE.AD.

* WizardDuel: In "[[Literature/PrinceKhaemwaseAndSiOsiri Prince Khaemwase and Si-Osiri]]" the story-within-the-story features a duel between an Egyptian wizard and an Ethiopian wizard at the royal court in Memphis. Though Egyptian, this tale is only from the 1st century CE.
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* WizardDuel: In "[[Literature/PrinceKhaemwaseAndSiOsiri Prince Khaemwase and Si-Osiri]]" the story-within-the-story features a duel between an Egyptian wizard and an Ethiopian wizard at the royal court in Memphis. Though Egyptian, this tale is only from the 1st century CE.AD.
14th Sep '15 11:43:17 AM Blackshadowydarkness
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'''Note:''' Tropes originating in other mythologies/religions are not indexed here, as we have no idea whether those stories even existed by the 5th century CE, or what forms they took, centuries before they were first written down. Even Norse and Celtic mythology are only OlderThanPrint; although they're derived at least in part from earlier (unwritten) stories, the details are fundamentally un-dateable. Early folklorists often started with the assumption that folktales and myths never changed; [[ScienceMarchesOn more research has shown that]] people can and do modify all sorts of tales for many purposes.
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'''Note:''' Tropes originating in other mythologies/religions are not indexed here, as we have no idea whether those stories even existed by the 5th century CE, AD, or what forms they took, centuries before they were first written down. Even Norse and Celtic mythology are only OlderThanPrint; although they're derived at least in part from earlier (unwritten) stories, the details are fundamentally un-dateable. Early folklorists often started with the assumption that folktales and myths never changed; [[ScienceMarchesOn more research has shown that]] people can and do modify all sorts of tales for many purposes.
14th Sep '15 11:42:38 AM Blackshadowydarkness
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:{{Ancient Rom|e}}an Floor mosaic at the [[http://www.ostia-antica.org/regio4/15/15-2.htm Baths of Musiciolus]] in Ostia, probably early 4th century CE]]-] All of TheOldestOnesInTheBook first recorded after the invention of the Greek alphabet (c. 800 BC) and before the fall of AncientRome (c. 476 CE), a period usually called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_antiquity Classical antiquity]]. Works from this period include:
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:{{Ancient Rom|e}}an Floor mosaic at the [[http://www.ostia-antica.org/regio4/15/15-2.htm Baths of Musiciolus]] in Ostia, probably early 4th century CE]]-] AD]]-] All of TheOldestOnesInTheBook first recorded after the invention of the Greek alphabet (c. 800 BC) and before the fall of AncientRome (c. 476 CE), AD), a period usually called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_antiquity Classical antiquity]]. Works from this period include:
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