History Is Only What Someone Wrote Down

1528 WordsSep 25, 20147 Pages
A. Whitney Brown once said, “The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down”. From the very beginning of time mankind has looked for ways to pass down their ideas, beliefs, dreams, hopes, values and their understanding of the world around them to the future generations. This need to be remembered led to storytelling. Eventually someone decided to preserve those stories permanently by writing them down. Not too long after the invention of writing came the development and sophistication process of civilization, society and government. By introducing the art of writing, humanity forever altered what would come to be considered “history”. This is especially true in the case of ancient civilizations. The little information concerning them that is still available to us is in the form of the written word; ancient texts from their respective time periods. Historians have studied these texts and have come to realize a lot about what some of the ancient societies valued and believed. Humanities past is littered with assigned labels and roles according to one’s gender, color and social standing and these ancestral societies were no different. They left lasting legacies with their assigned roles especially in the case of women. One would be mistaken though, in thinking that all ancient societies viewed women’s roles in the same light. “The Epic of Gilgamesh”, “Hammurabi’s Code” and “Assyrian Law” shows that the ancient Mesopotamians, Babylonians and Assyrians all
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