Is it true that some of the famous people in history may never have lived and their existence is just a myth? The names go on and on, but I will take you through only seven of them. Now, here are seven famous people who may have never existed.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

 

There is a believe that Shakespeare was a pen name and not a human who ever existed. The misconception is that Christopher Marlowe faked his death and returned with the Shakespeare. This is because both writes have the same birth year but different months.

 Confucius

confucius

 

Confucius is a highly revered Chinese writer, politician, and philosopher. He is likened to the Socrates of Greek. Many quotes and Chinese believes are attributed to him. So if he never existed, then all the quotes attributed to him are also false.

 William Tell

William Tell

 

William Tell is a Swiss Folk hero. Suppose to have lived in the 14th century, Tell shoot an apple off the head of his son using a crossbow. But, many people believe he never existed and things attributed to him are a myth.

 King David

King David

 

King David was the second king of Israel according to Bible. Not only that, he is perceived to be the father of King Solomon “the hall of wisdom.” According to the Bible, he took down the tyrant, Goliath with just a stone. But did he really exist? Outside the Bible, no story of David existed.

Lao Dan “Laozi”

Lao Dan

 

Lao Dan is the founder of Taoism. He was an ancient Chinese philosopher and one of the revered figures in Chinese history. There are several controversies about him including his real name. The content of a book attributed to him, Tao Te Ching, has similar contents as books attributed to other others.

 Pope Joan

Pope Joan

 

Pope Joan is believed to have ordained a pope in 855 AD. This looks strange because, within that era, women had no place in the society. Two years into office got pregnant and gave birth during a procession at church. She died shortly afterwards. Many believe she was murdered.

King Arthur

King Arthur

 

King Arthur is a very popular figure in British folklore. He is said to have existed between the 5 and early sixth century. However, many historians have challenged his existence. King Arthur is believed to have claimed the Excalibur sword from the Lady if the Lake. He is also said to have led a battle against the Saxon armies.

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