History is important for us to understand ourselves and our roots. Thou history can be tricky at times and can reveal interesting things about our past and at times can be something too dark or may give us unlimited knowledge. Here are some interesting facts about history that most people are unaware of:
1. The Kadesh Peace Treaty
One of the earliest peace treaties ever was negotiated between Ancient Egypt and The Hittite Empire in 1259 B.C. The Peace Treaty was followed by the Battle of Kadesh. The Treaty was written in the Akkadian language and the fact that it is still preserved in the Istanbul Archaeology Museums is astonishing.
2. The Gods of Egypt
It is a belief and an argued fact that there were more than 2000 gods or deities in Early Egypt. Egyptians had Chief Gods, Local Gods, Regional Gods, God’s for Emotions and the list goes on. It is a notable fact that Egyptians were a huge believer in the power of the Sun and had a Sun God known as Re.
3. Indians Mined the First Diamonds
Diamonds were mined in India since 700 BC from numerous Indian rivers and valleys and is a historical fact that India was one of the first nations to mine diamonds. They were predominantly used for engraving and beautification of palaces and were highly valued for their core strength and reflective qualities
4. Histories Longest War
It is an astonishing fact that Histories longest war had no casualties!. The longest war in recorded history was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Sicily which lasted for roughly around 335 years.
5. First Known artwork
The First known artwork in recorded history is believed to be 100,000 years old and was from the Paleolithic era believed to have started by the Homo Sapiens. The cave painting can now be found in a cave in present-day France.
6. Punishment for killings one’s father in Ancient Rome
The Punishment for killing one’s father in ancient Rome was to be drowned with a viper, a dog, and roosters in a sack. This strange practice was followed for quite a fine time and the punishment was considered to be much cruel thou the fact is that, the reason for the same is unknown. This type of punishment was termed as ‘Poena cullei‘
7. Deaths in World War 2
World War 2 is considered one of the most brutal wars in modern history. The Brutal War resulted in the death of more than 70-85 million people. The then Soviet Union suffered the highest toll of casualties roughly 24 million deaths.
8. First Firearms in record
The First Firearms were recorded in the early 1360s and were widely used in early Europe. Thou the first use of gunpowder are recorded to be used in China in the early 9th and 10th century.
9. Nizam of Hyderabad
The last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, was considered as the 5th wealthiest individual of all time with a net worth of more than 210 Billion USD. The Nizam was so wealthy that the net worth of his jewels alone was considered to be around 2 Billion USD.
10. Dinosaur fossils
The very first Dinosaur fossils were discovered in 1676 by a curator of an English Museum known as Robert Plot. Being unaware of what the fossil was were actually off, he felt that the fossils were of a giant man and later the fossil went missing from the museum.
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