Do You Know Your History?

Back in school, history classes bored me beyond tolerance. I hated memorizing the dates and all those names I couldn’t even pronounce. I didn’t care about the drainage system people had four centuries ago, or who fought whom, or which dynasty reigned in which particular era. But I did study when I had to, so I could pass with enough grades so as to not affect my overall performance in all the other subjects, and wrote decent essays.

However, it appears that some students, aside from finding history boring, didn’t seem to put much effort in understanding it, and therefore came up with their versions of history itself, which are pretty amusing. Below are examples of such essays written by students.

The Greeks

Without the Greeks, we wouldn’t have history. The Greeks invented three kinds of columns – Corinthian, Doric, and Ironic. They also had myths. A myth is a female moth. One myth says that the mother of Achilles dipped him in the River Stynx until he became intolerable.

Achilles appears in “The Illiad”, by Homer. Homer also wrote the “Oddity”, in which Penelope was the last hardship that Ulysses endured on his journey. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name.

The Renaissance

The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. Shakespeare never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He lived in Windsor with his merry wives, writing tragedies, comedies, and errors.

In one of Shakespeare’s famous plays, Hamlet rations out his situation by relieving himself in a long soliloquy. In another, Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth to kill the king by attacking his manhood. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couplet.

Writing the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote “Donkey Hote”. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote “Paradise Lost”. Then his wife dies and he wrote “Paradise Regained.”

The British Empire

The sun never sets on the British empire because the British empire is in the east and the sun sets in the west. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplatory of a great personality. Her death was the final event which ended her reign.

Care to read more? You can find more essays on history here.

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9 Responses to Do You Know Your History?

  1. masood says:

    AAAAAhhhh, I hate history in my school days especially when it comes to the matter of remembering dates and wars like Panipat, world war, cold war, etc etc.
    There is a famous song from the old Telugu movie, “Shiva”:
    History murdon ki hai kahani………

    I used to mug up all the history dates before the exam and tend to forget soon after completing the exam with no extra efforts;)

    ~ Although there were certain topics in history that were interesting, but most of them were so dry. I admire people who love history and take great interest in learning about it.

  2. frozeefa says:

    eeks I hate history…
    I do know my country’s history
    But the moment i open my history textbook to read i doze off..Cant help it sister….
    And i always did badly like E8 for GCE “O” Levels

    ~ I totally understand the feeling, hehe 🙂

  3. moukound says:

    i used to love history in fact got 100/100 in social science more than thrice in school if i remember correctly.

    ~ A perfect score in history and social science?! *shocked*

  4. Niyaz says:

    hey ur post taking back all of us to school dayzzzzzzz 🙂 Thnks 4 dat…

    History Quiet a dry subj n ma school , asusual mug up evrything frm first page to last page dnt even care abt wats nside it hehee & also i cant forgt ma History Mam , she s vry strict whn enterd n to classroom v usualy call her as “Devil” …….Sweet memories mmmmmmmmmm

    Happy Independence Day 🙂

    ~ You’re welcome. The innocence of school days are really memorable. So you had a strict history teacher? I think most, if not all, history teachers are boring. I mean, they can see that more than half of the class has fallen asleep, yet they do not make the effort to make history a bit interesting. Some schools organize stage plays, and I think that’s a good way to learn history.

  5. Ordinary girl says:

    Ah, thank God, there’s someone else here who loves history, I was starting to feel an outsider while reading these comments! 😀 I loved both history and geography in school. I used to day-dream if I got a time machine, I would travel to all those old places. 🙂

    ~ You are so not normal, hehe 😀 I have a cousin who LOVES history and couldn’t get enough of it, and we thought there’s definitely something wrong with him! But seriously, I admire people like you who cares and love history, which is an integral part of what we are today.

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  7. Niyaz says:

    yeah yeah we had a very strict teacher upto 10th Std…usually v even feared to see dat mam’s face straight such a hard lady once i got a worst SLap frm dat devil hehe……unforgottable slap !!!

    There must be a change in teaching mode espclly for history as u said…It also depends on the teacher who can make any subject intresting …

    ~ But you didn’t elaborate the reason behind that slap, hehe. It’s not easy to teach boys, you know. So teachers have to be strict out of necessity 🙂

  8. Amir says:

    “He wrote “Donkey Hote”. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote “Paradise Lost”. Then his wife dies and he wrote “Paradise Regained.”” hahaha…

    I hated history as well…just soooo boring.

    ~ By “Donkey Hote”, I can imagine Donkey from Shrek riding a horse and attacking a windmill. But do donkeys ride horses? 😀

  9. JazzianButt says:

    hmmm i never like to remember dates and names in my history book when i was at school, 😦

    ~ Aren’t we just glad that it’s all over now? 🙂

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