Aladdin is the eponymous hero of a Middle Eastern folk tale which appears in the Arabian Nights. A young and idle boy, he is taken in by a sorcerer who pretends to be his uncle and sent on a quest to retrieve an oil lamp from an enchanted cave. On rubbing the lamp, Aladdin unwittingly unleashes a genie who, indebted for the liberation, is obliged to do his bidding. Aladdin has the genie secure him the Sultan’s daughter’s hand in marriage and then instructs him to build a palace fit for her, a glittering marble edifice with walls of solid gold and silver studded in precious stones. Read the full tale here.