Posted on 28 July 2009.
History is replete with many fascinating stories that sometimes factual information are muddled or colored by erroneous suppositions and myths. A lot of us fail to distinguish fact from fiction. In this article, we are going to take a look at the list of top 10 most common myths in history. After reading the article, we can hopefully put an end to these untruths and misinformation and separate them from the real ones.
1. Jesus can speak in Hebrew
Jesus spoke Aramaic, which is a Semitic language, and the main language of communication in Israel during the period 539 BC until 70 AD. In fact, contrary to common belief, there are several portions of the Bible that were not even written in Hebrew but in Aramaic, particularly Ezra and Daniel.
2. The amazons cut off one of their breast so they can shoot better with their bow and arrow
This is simply ridiculous and the only reason why this myth may have survived is the fact that it has not deserved any serious consideration by those sectors in the know. The myth was took its root from the misguided interpretations of the works of the amazons during the 5 century when they dabbled in the dark craft of etymology.
3. Spanish flu
The pandemic did not originate in Spain, contrary to common belief. This pandemic got its name mainly because Spain was recognized at the time as being the most transparent and reliable source of the information. Hence, Spain was associated with the disease to give credence to the information.
4. Catherine the Great died while having a steamy sex with her horse
This myth can be amusing or disgusting depending who you are talking with. The truth of the matter is that Catherine the Great died of illness and there were no equines around when she drew her last breath. This myth persisted during her time and until her death to attack her reputation and besmirch her memory.
5. Emperor Caligula appointed his horse as consul
This myth may have taken its roots to the renowned and legendary love of Emperor Caligula for his horse, Incitatus. However, there are records that show that Emperor Caligula has showered his beloved horse with all the material trimmings and luxuries that are fit for a person of high position but not appointing the horse consul.