Was the Original Aladdin Story Inspired by a Real Person? A Maronite from Allepo | Time

In that memoir, Diyab describes his own hard-knocks upbringing and the way he marveled at the extravagance of Versailles. The descriptions he uses were very similar to the descriptions of the lavish palace that ended up in Galland’s version of the Aladdin story. With that in mind, Horta believes that “Aladdin might be the young Maronite from Aleppo, marveling at the jewels and riches of Versailles.

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