Jean Lang (1857-1932) was a writer and folklorist. The main fields of her interests were ancient mythology and legends, their origins and changing over time. In her opinion, the mythologies of east and west could have had the same roots: the ancient people of the west and of the east were encountering similar phenomena throughout history, leaving marks on their cultures, shaped and developed them. A Book of Myths (1914) is one of the most know works of Jeanie Lang, as well as Stories of the Border Marches (1916).
The Cranes Of Ibycus is short folk story, included in A Book of Myths. The story follows Ibycus, the wandering poet friend of Apollo. His wandering brought him to the city of Corinth. The Chariont-race was held there at the time. Along with poets contest, meant to determine the best one of them all. A tuneful voice, strong word and good old lyre – everything he had Ibycus would need to prove himself to be worthiest.