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InvisibleBallots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-04 02:07 PM
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6. hey, Ann Coutler has lots of footnotes in her books!
So what? Unfortunately, the "sources" often used in modern history are not factual sources. The simple example - much, much of the "scholarly studies" of ancient Rome are just rewrites of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - footnoted as such. Doesn't really mean much at all.

Now as to going back to the "original sources" of history - for instance, Thucydides - the question remains - is Thucydides history, or mythology? Did the events described in Thucydides actually happen, or were they mythological, or fiction? Was Thucydides actually written during the time we suppose it was? What evidence do we have for this claim?

An academic monograph that's based on Thucydides will be 100% FALSE if Thucydides is in fact, mythology and fiction, as opposed to an actual record of facts.
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