There are events and people in the history we are taught about in school that would fade from memory in the space age were it not for historical novels and cinema blockbusters. Even so, our minds are cloudy. Achilles? Oh, you mean Brad Pitt. Cleopatra? Elizabeth Taylor. Moses? Charlton Heston.
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But some are genuinely interested in the past. Perhaps not enough to go to the encyclopaedias or histories, yet willing to read fictionalised accounts researched by their authors and watch films "based on" what actually happened.
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