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10 Common Historical Misconceptions

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chalket
Male, 50-59, Southern US
 2481 Posts
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 10:26:40 AM
Somehow, "flat earth" and "global" in the same sentence is even more ridiculous when it comes from Ollie. Keep up your "high" standards, o' great neo-clown!

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16750 Posts
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 5:25:57 AM
True, The emancipation proclamation didn't free northern slaves. Slaves in the north were freed by the individual northern states before then. The 13th and 14th Amendments freed all slaves, constitutionally in 1865.

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6290 Posts
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:44:05 PM
Gerry: That's a MISconception?

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13006 Posts
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:24:34 PM
FYI, the Flat Earth society has declared its support for the theory of man-made global warming.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33895 Posts
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 10:16:10 PM

Greatest historical misconception: Jesus never actually lived.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11060 Posts
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 5:58:43 PM
A couple of details:

1) The gestures used in Roman gladiator fights aren't known for sure and might well have varied. For example, Martial refers to people displaying pieces of white cloth to indicate mercy. I've also read of the mercy gesture being enclosing a thumb in the other hand, symbolising sheathing a sword, but I can't remember where. Juvenal refers to thumbs turned to indicate death...but turned how? Some form of movement is plausible, symbolising stabbing. These things were so well known to Romans that Roman writers needn't explain them.

2) Napoleon was usually seen in the company of his personal guards...who had a high minimum height requirement. That made him look smaller.

It's nice to see a list of facts on the net that actually are facts.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33895 Posts
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 5:11:51 PM

Lady Godiva never actually rode naked through the streets of Coventry, England.

Godiva was a real person who lived in the 11th century and she really did plead with her ruthless husband, Leofric, the Earl of Mercia, to reduce taxes. But no records of the time mention her famous ride. The first reference to her naked ride doesn't appear until around 1236, nearly 200 years after her death.

Just FYI

drips
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 874 Posts
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 4:14:35 PM
I wish they had turned the old-timey projector sound up a bit. It barely drowned out the piano music.

kitteh9lives
Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1363 Posts
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 3:52:54 PM
Link: 10 Common Historical Misconceptions [Rate Link] - Next time I give a thumbs up, I will be more solemn about it.


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