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Story | Oct 16, 2010 | 5:37 PMShort stories, those hidden little gems, have defined, entertained and reflected people's lives for many centuries. Cavemen painted stories of successful or memorable hunting trips on cave walls. Ancient Greeks and Romans produced hundreds of short stories about the gods and goddesses they worshipped, and their mythology is still widely read today. In Native American cultures, it has been common to gather around a wise storyteller who relays stories about animals and dreams often associated with the land. Stories told as well as written throughout time have never been extremely long or complicated, otherwise the listener or reader might become confused or lose interest. Hence, we have the beauty of the short story. Check out these shining jewels: