This is a picture that I made while in Tunisia a few years back. It is the Roman amphitheater of El Jem. Click on El Jem to learn about it. It was a marvelous sight to visit. Seeing this picture while looking back through my older pictures, it reminded me of something about history in general.
History is remembered and written by people, often with agendas. Over the years it gets brought up over and over again in various text books, movies, historical novels, etc. As the stories are told, they are changed little by little until the true facts are lost to time, if they were ever known. And we cannot even rely upon science to get it correct. The archeologists unearth details but are forced to place them into a context based on other aspects of the culture of the time that are believed to be true, or on other estimates of time based on surrounding artifacts, soil, etc. Over time these other factors are refined and estimates change.
If we study history today, it isn’t the same history that earlier generations learned. It makes me stop and wonder about everything we learn or think we know. What we believe, or know, changes with time, and with cultural changes.