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Who were the first historians?

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Who were the first historians? The first true historians were ancient Greeks, who wrote long accounts about historical events. However, they also wove fanciful events into their stories to make them more interesting, and it is sometimes difficult to separate truth and invention. The problem with ancient historians is that they put across a particular viewpoint.

Often they were trying to glorify a local king or ruler. Sometimes a straightforward account of a particular event was written down. For example, Viking explorers recorded their voyages.

In more recent times, detailed diaries provide a valuable source of information. Some modern history has been deliberately rewritten for political reasons.

The volcanic eruption that buried the city of Pompei, Italy in ad79, was so sudden that it gives us a complete overview of Roman life.

Carbon that forms a part of living things loses its radioactivity at a steady and predictable rate. Archaeologists use this information to determine the age of organic remains. After about 70,000 years organic material has lost all of its radiocarbon.

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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 03 January '12

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