Who is Antar bin Shaddad (Antarah ibn Shaddad)?Mythical or historical... or what?

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The Arabian legend, Antarah Ibn Shaddād al-'Absī (525-608), is remembered for both his poetry and heroic deeds. His father was Shaddad, a Banu Abs warrior from Najd, in present day Saudi Arabia; his mother was Zabibah, an Ethiopian slave, from whom he derived his "jet black complexion." Antarah becamed renowned for both his poetry and his heroism in battle. His best known poetry is contained in The Hanging (or Hanged) Poems" (or Mu‘allaqāt ), which hung in Mecca. His life was put to music in Symphony No. 2 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and one of the "seven clans of Bethlehem" was named after Antarah. Antarah is said to have died in battle with the "tribe of Tai" while in his 70s.