19

Yes, this is historically accurate. Writing on bamboo slips was not entirely abandoned until the 4th century CE---over a century after the Romance of the Three Kingdoms takes place. As the Wikipedia article on the history of paper that you linked to states, the primary use of ancient Chinese paper before this was for wrapping things, not writing. One of the ...


14

Sort of. Chinese Histories are not without records of generals who can really fight. For instance, in the Records of the Three Kingdoms (not romance), Chen Shou states "黃忠趙雲強摯壯猛 並作爪牙 其灌滕之徒歟". He notes specifically Huang Zhong and Zhao Yun's fighting prowess, and compares them to earlier examples such as Guan Ying and Xiahou Ying, who were said to be fierce ...


14

Facts Wikipedia has a good account of the facts: by 11 May 1945, the Soviets had already confirmed through Hitler's dentist, Hugo Blaschke, and his dental technician that the dental remains found were Hitler's and Braun's. (as usual, you should check their references). PS. In general, I don't think it is a good idea to rely on TV for any information. ...


12

tl; dr Are the Sabean people of Ethiopian origin? No. The evidence suggests that they originated in the region now known as South Arabia. Did the Sabean people truly exist? We have the remains of their cities, including at Ma'rib in modern Yemen, so we can be pretty sure that the Sabean people really did exist. Where are their descendants today? After ...


12

tl; dr The answer to the question in your title is that it depends on what you (and Herodotus) mean by 'dark-skinned'. There is certainly no evidence of any large black African population in Colchis (contrary to the claims of many afro-centrists). The quotes from the Quora answer will be dealt with individually below. Firstly, your question: Pindar, ...


10

Firstly, your assertion that: > It is said he recorded the last words of the Spartans "stranger go tell Sparta we lie here obedient to her laws " is incorrect. That is actually the wording of an inscription that Herodotus states was erected above the graves of the Spartans. In fact, Herodotus records that three inscriptions were put there (Book VII, ...


10

The stated goal of existence of Soviet Union was to make its citizens happy, and to establish socialism in the whole world (to make all people happy). This does not mean that this stated goal coincided with the personal goals of the rulers (as in any other society, these things rarely coincide). The first goal had to be achieved by higher labor productivity ...


9

Those inconsistencies are exactly when historiography becomes crucial to historical understanding. Disagreement between sources raises questions about the quality of the sources and those who reported them. The risk of not addressing these issues is that erroneous information can become accepted, and must then be recast in light of the qualities of the ...


8

Soviet Union in that time? As a quick aside, we would know that the Soviet Union did not use any forms of encryption at this time as the Soviet Union did not exist yet. The ratification of the USSR occurred in December 1922 (a year after the conclusion of the war at the Treaty of Riga in '21). Bolshevik or Soviet Russia would be the appropriate party to the ...


7

The Soviet Union started as essentially 150 million illiterate slaves, and within a half century became one of the world super powers, with nuclear weapons, a space program, world class physics and engineering. It developed its people to be educated, and to expect everyone to live a middle class lifestyle. Certainly, some of the production numbers were ...


7

This anecdote is quite common, many versions do not have "expel him", and it is more frequently associated with Euclid rather than Plato. Which is more natural. After all Plato did not teach mathematics, and no mathematical discoveries are credited to him. He discussed mathematics in some of his dialogues, like Theaetetus. "Platonic solids" are named after ...


7

Caveat: I'm not a trained Historian, just someone who's read a lot of history books over the years, and has learned this the hard way. First off, every writer has bias. Know that going in. So if you want to find your writer's bias, you have to learn a bit about them. Where did they grow up and go to school? Are they from an ethnic minority in their ...


7

The information on this subject is scarce. We positively know that Tsarist army during WWI had all the sorts of contemporary cryptography, but the Red Army got only a small part of it. First special cryptographic service in Soviet Union (or Soviet Russia back then) was created only on 5th May, 1921. And it definitely took a few years for the new service to ...


6

Does the phrase “The empire on which the sun never sets” predate knowledge that the world is round? Absolutely not. The fact that the Earth is (approximately) a sphere has been known since antiquity. As the American historian Stephen Jay Gould observed in his paper The Late Birth of a Flat Earth: There never was a period of “flat earth darkness” among ...


6

A few things that I think need to be cleared up here. First: When the ancients said "Ethiopia", they generally meant the territory directly south of Egypt, what we today call Sudan. They were not talking about the territory we call "Ethiopia" today. That usage didn't start until the 4th century AD, well after the entire Bible was written. This is ...


6

It is not so long ago that Jean Lannes, Duc de Montebello, inspired his troops into the breach once more at the Siege of Ratisbon by grabbing a scaling ladder and exclaiming I was a grenadier before I was a marshal, and am still one. Lannes had to be physically restrained from advancing forward to the breach, but his men took heart and, advancing into ...


6

Most likely Eusebius was dating Augustus' reign from the time he was named Consul and recognized as the son of Julius, in 44 BC, or from the power-sharing agreement made with Marc Antony in 43 BC. The later date you give corresponds to his assuming the title "Augustus" and the formal leadership of the Senate. This may technically be how the reign of "...


6

1. The triangles the children are wearing appear to be part of some kind of 'tag' game they are playing during the party. Thus, the triangles do not have anything to do with their costumes or Nazi symbols / identification / badges. 2. The costumes, a mix of traditional and non-traditional, appear to be historically accurate. At first glance, the boy's ...


5

I highly doubt it. Bar one line, that almost-exact quote The greatest traitor has always resembled an honest man and the greatest falsehood comes across as truth. Righteousness and evil cannot be discerned by their appearance. People have decided wrongly about me in the past. Today they still misjudge me, and may continue to do so in ...


4

All our system of exact dating of events of ancient history is based on Babylonian astronomical observations. There is a large number of astronomical cuneiform tables found in Mesopotamia. Only in British Museum there are 20,000 of them. They are dated and contain various astronomical data (positions of the Moon, planets, eclipses etc.) which can be ...


4

Here is what I found after some search in Russian/Ukrainian internet. Apparently one inaccuracy is that in the main version (which is in Peterburg, this is actually the 2-nd version, and most famous because it was purchased by the tsar for the enormous price of 35 thousand roubles), several cossaks are smoking pipes. Actually a pipe is a traditional ...


4

According to Herodotus, "Stranger go tell..." is not the last words by a Spartan, but the inscription on the monument which was installed after the battle. (Book VII, 228). It is clear that Herodotus could see this monument. Concerning other details, the battle happened during the life time of Herodotus, though he was very young. So he could interview the ...


4

Soviet and post-Soviet records were and are fabricated all the time, in huge quantities. In fact, the tradition dates much further back, to 18th century Potemkin villages. Before the 20th century these were rare, though, but in the Soviet Union massive falsifications were a way of life, and often the method of choice for make-belief economic growth. John ...


3

The Gregorian, and indeed the Roman, Egyptian, and Chinese calendars all include occasional intercalary periods to make up the 0.24 of a solar day that is left over when using a 365-day calendar. These systems count solar years more accurately than the Mayan calendar. The Tzolk'in at 260 days seems unrelated to the solar year; the Haab''s length of 365 days ...


3

This in the context of the period broadly covered in Romance of the Three Kingdoms (184-280). In the novel, generals fight not just alongside their troops, but also in duels with the opposing general. Historically, generals who fought alongside their troops were fairly common. A couple of examples from the Record of the Three Kingdoms: Zhang Liao against ...


3

There are diary notations to that effect from the history of another daimyo, but it never happened to Ieyasu (Toranaga in the novel). Clavell have taken that story and applied it to his Toranaga character.


3

Their itinary as per the Zizhi Tongjian 61 and 62: July 195: The emperor departed Chang'an via the Xuanping Gate. After being briefly stopped by Guo Si's men (who retired when the emperor told them off), they arrived at Baling that night. Later, Guo Si wanted everyone to go to Gaoling, but the ministers and Zhang Ji thought Hongnong was more appropriate. ...


2

Well, here's what Wikipedia currently says on the subject: There are many theories about the type of Tiwanaku state, one opinion is that it was a far-reaching military empire, while other theory is that it was the center for regional religious pilgrimages and llama caravan trade routes without much political authority. The Tiwanaku empire was most ...


2

A major biographer of Andrew Carnegie who has based his extensive biography on thousands of pieces of personal and business correspondence, written records and other historical materials, claims there is simply no evidence to prove that Napoleon Hill ever met Andrew Carnegie. It seems he simply made the whole thing up after Carnegie's death to sell his books....


2

Things like the Vedas (or Genesis, Greek myths, American Indian creation stories, &c) aren't precise. Sometimes they're retellings of actual events, distorted by being orally passed down through many generations, sometimes they're just made-up stories. Sometimes we can correlate the stories with physical evidence. If for instance a particular ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible