Nowadays, it’s a modern age of technology and information, and that’s why people often find out new facts which replace their previous ideas and views on a range of subjects, from specific inventions to different scientific discoveries. Do you know that there are some famous historical facts that you’re still being lied about? This article covers a few of them that all people believed, but they turned out to be not true.
The Sphinx, nose, and Napoleon
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know The Great Sphinx famous for lacking a nose. This ancient statue is situated in Giza and the legend says that the army of Napoleon ruined this nose in the battle with the Turkish army in 1798. The truth is that the notes of Frederic Norden (a famous Danish traveler) disprove this legend because they portray this statue without its nose almost about 60 years before that battle.
Van Gogh’s ear
Have you ever heard the story of this talented artist cutting off one of his ears to send it to his lover? Well, it definitely sounds exaggerated, but the reality is that everything happened because of the conflict with one of Van Gogh’s friends. He attacked Paul Gauguin with a razor and cut off an ear the same evening in a fit of madness or remorse.
The horned helmets of Vikings
People are used to seeing them portrayed in these helmets. However, many archeologists and other scientists still cannot determine the exact shape of such head guards. Most of them think that horned helmets were used only for certain rituals because they are found in tombs. Besides, they have been utilized long before Vikings’ period.
It still remains one of the major mysteries, so it’s no wonder new theories about Stonehenge are born on a regular basis. Originally, it looked quite different compared to its modern image according to historical pictures. Its restoration was initiated by William Gowland in 1901 and it changed its look considerably.
During history classes, students are told that America was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492. It’s interesting that the first people from Europe who travelled there were Vikings, and they discovered America in the tenth century.
The poems of Ossian
They are called a mystification now because James McPherson, a Scottish poet famous for translating these poems, didn’t present original manuscripts.