One theory claims that myths are distorted accounts of real historical events. According to this theory, storytellers repeatedly elaborate upon historical accounts until the figures in those accounts ultimately gain the status of GODS!

For example, the myth of the wind-god Aeolus may have evolved from a historical account of a king who taught his people to use sails and interpret the wind.

Herodotus (fifth-century BCE) and Prodicus made claims of this kind. This theory is named euhemerism after mythologist Euhemerus (c. 320 BCE), who suggested that Greek gods developed from legends about human beings…