10 Historical Lies You Totally Fell For

History is written by the liars.

Antoine Alphonse Montfort / Public domain

The intrigue of history is due in large part to the narrative potential of true events that unfolded throughout time. Cleopatra's reign, Wat Tyler's peasants revolt or the rapid expansion of the Mongol empire are fine examples of how history can provide us with fascinating stories brought together by compelling characters, yet the stories we are told are so often more ambiguous than we are led to believe.

Though history isseen to be a collection of facts woven together to create a timeline of past occurrences, the reality is that the truth is so often lost in translation.

Personalities of times past often take on characteristics that are not completely accurate, and their exploits as a result are uncertain. Stories dating back generations that were once considered the truth are subject to a pinch of fiction, meaning the history books we believe to be accurate are often misleading.

What is true and what is a myth are so often confused, and with time continuing as normal it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the two. In an attempt to clarify somewhat, these are just a few of the lies you totally fell for.


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