c.1600, "unreal, created," previous participle adjective from fable (v.) "to tell stories" (late 14c.), from Old French fabler "tell, narrate; chatter, boast," from Latin fabulari, from fabula (see fable). Meaning "celebrated in fable" is from 1706.
celebrated in fable or legend
- of Fable
(imp. & p. p.) of Fable
Schliemann may or may not have been correct in identifying one of the seven cities that he unearthed at Hissarlik as the fabled Troy itself, but at least his efforts sufficed to give verisimilitude to the Homeric story.