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How do we know they really existed?

Since there was no pictures, much less videos. How can we be sure that people from ancient history like Christopher Columbus, Micheal Angelo or even Ben Franklin really existed. Obviously there isn't any visual proof. How do we know that someone didn't just make them up?

by Anonymousreply 3803/31/2013

[quote] Obviously there isn't any visual proof.

Not true, OP.

Ben Franklin was brought into the 20th century by Samantha Stevens on "Bewitched".

by Anonymousreply 103/28/2013

Are you a troll OP?

by Anonymousreply 203/28/2013

[quote]Micheal Angelo

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 303/28/2013

They were documented and seen in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

by Anonymousreply 403/28/2013

My bad. I believe that it was actually Aunt Clara who made Ben Franklin appear.

by Anonymousreply 503/28/2013

OP how do we know you dont exist? I need visual proof to convince me.

by Anonymousreply 603/28/2013

How do you know Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie actually exist?

by Anonymousreply 703/28/2013

OK, OP, quiet time for you. Get out your blankee and take your nap, sweetie.

by Anonymousreply 803/28/2013

Indeed, poor dearie seems a bit piqued

by Anonymousreply 903/28/2013

Ben Franklin's picture is on all the 20 dollar bills and have been since the American Revolution.

by Anonymousreply 1003/28/2013

OP is the "Stupid Question" troll. Please stop feeding it.

by Anonymousreply 1103/28/2013

A lot of them left a documented legacy in their works. If you really want to ask that question, ask it about jesus.

by Anonymousreply 1203/28/2013

duh, r12, Jesus wrote the Bible.

by Anonymousreply 1303/28/2013

Not really. he is a character in that particular mythology, but he did not write it.

by Anonymousreply 1403/28/2013

Michael Angelo definitely exists. He sat behind me in 9th grade English.

by Anonymousreply 1503/28/2013

I lived next to a Donna Tello in Brooklyn. She was real.

by Anonymousreply 1603/28/2013

R15, good, but did Micheal Angelo?

by Anonymousreply 1703/28/2013

Michael Angelo's frozen Italian entrees are available in our local grocery store. He's got a good business going.

by Anonymousreply 1803/28/2013

We know all these people existed because God doesn't permit lies.

by Anonymousreply 1903/28/2013

Based upon what I've seen happen to "history" in a single lifetime, I would look at most of what we think EVER happened with great skepticism.

by Anonymousreply 2003/28/2013

We know they existed because the many elderg@ys here grew up with them.

by Anonymousreply 2103/28/2013

They all existed alright. You wouldn't know it to look at me but I was the headliner act for them all.

by Anonymousreply 2203/28/2013

R20, you know there is such a thing as an academic historian- and believe it or not, with primary sources and good scholarship, knowing something about our past and past lives can be pretty well recreated and understood. I suppose this is all lost a bit on on those who live in the world of the 24-hour "news" cycle, blogs, and a world in information made up of repeated lies, half truths and spin- on the Internet as well as TV. However, it can still be done, quite easily. As I said, we call them academic historians, nerdy as they sound.

by Anonymousreply 2303/28/2013

If Michael Angelo didn't exist, OP, who created all the art they tell us are genuine Michael Angelos?

Do you think it was Rafi El?

Or maybe you think they were made by Leon Ardo?

by Anonymousreply 2403/28/2013

And who forged Ben Franklin's name on the Declaration of Independence?

by Anonymousreply 2503/28/2013

[quote]Or maybe you think they were made by Leon Ardo?

De Caprio?

by Anonymousreply 2603/28/2013

Michael Angelo painted the 16th chapel.

by Anonymousreply 2703/28/2013

Leon Ardo knows Decap Rio but they aren't he same guy, I know

by Anonymousreply 2803/28/2013

"Ancient history"? Dearie, Gina Lollobrigida is ancient history. Michelangelo is, like, the Stone Age.

by Anonymousreply 2903/28/2013

OP, unless you're 8 years old, Asian, adopoted, and posting from one of your white daddies' computers,this is the most stupid post I think I've ever seen.

No, there weren't videos back then. God! What a stupid fucking thing to say.

I will agree with the proposition, as it were, that not everything we read in history books is true. But as other posters WITH half a brain have stated, there were/are ways of recording history.

(and if anyone thinks my first paragraph isn't very nice, sorry: I get THAT apopletic (sp?) at such complete unbridled stupidity.

And yes, I'm old. I'd love to read a news story some day where a bunch of people over 50 charge a Starbucks or McD's or anywhere with a concentration of 20-somethings, and blow their heads off. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Off to take my meds (seriously.)

by Anonymousreply 3003/28/2013

That's a good idea gramps, go take your meds. You're obviously a senile old fart.

by Anonymousreply 3103/28/2013

If there is no sex tape, how do we know they existed?

by Anonymousreply 3203/28/2013

There is really no way to know for sure if people from way back actually existed. Some of them could be totally made up. A picture is worth a thousand words.

by Anonymousreply 3303/28/2013

Here's another head-scratcher: If aquarium gravel is supposed to be so bad for you, how comes it tastes so good?

by Anonymousreply 3403/28/2013

Nothing but Aspies replying here...

by Anonymousreply 3503/28/2013

R23 Of course I know that. Why I said what I did.

by Anonymousreply 3603/28/2013

Damn you r16. I wanted to post that.

by Anonymousreply 3703/31/2013

Ah, the mysteries of epistemology...

by Anonymousreply 3803/31/2013
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