These Things In Movies Have Gotten Wrong And Kept Fooling Us Until Now

Historical often captivated loads of moviegoers because they sweep them back in time, offering the opportunity to visit times long gone and see how people from the past were. But, they don’t often allow the audience to learn accurate details.
Many times, filmmakers embellish details to create more appealing or exciting stories that make viewers easily see the course of an acceptable block of time. However, a slew of movies contains inaccurate details, from background to costume. They didn’t just tweak minor details, but instead created false realities and in some cases, storylines are different from what actually happened. It’s fine for the creators of art and expression but many viewers believe inaccurate things to be fact.

#1 Factual Inaccuracy: Historical movies don’t always get the style of the era correctly.

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Spartans are seen as unkempt warriors and they never care about their looks. However, it’s a shock that in reality, they paid attention to their appearance, especially their hair which they would braid. In ancient sources, it is said that their hair was thick and grew mid-back.

#2 Factual Inaccuracy: Looks are very important in Hollywood, so actors don’t always get cast based on their similarities with their characters.

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The character Queen Olympias, played by Angelina Jolie, makes us believe that all women in the Ancient world had a perfect nose, plump lips, and chiseled cheekbones. But it’s not true. The truth is that she had a classic Greek profile, a low forehead, an upturned chin, and a soft face.

Source: © Troy / Warner Bros.

We can assume that Helen of Troy had a low forehead, a large straight nose, a slightly upturned chin, and a curvy shape. But according to some documentaries, the most beautiful of women had fair skin and hair, large eyes, and had a small mole between her eyebrows.

#3 Factual Inaccuracy: Whether they were rich or poor, women in Ancient Rome had to work really hard.

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During the era of Emperor Augustus, the life of Roman women was not easy. Women of the low social stratum were less constrained in their movements and had to work more. Women who lived in town could become midwives, wet nurses, cooks, and so on. Women from the upper classes were responsible for housekeeping.

#4 Factual Inaccuracy: When it came to the beauty regime, women back in the day weren’t really plucking their eyebrows.

Source: © Troy / Warner Bros.© Agora / Mod Producciones

It is believed that Greek women let their hair down fluttering in the wind. But, it’s not a real thing. Women with natural eyebrows, fair skin, and long hair gathered in a bun were considered beautiful in Ancient Greece.

#5 Factual Inaccuracy: Women who belonged in the upper class wouldn’t usually breastfeed their children.

Source: © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Louvre Museum / Wikimedia Commons© CC BY 3.0

Women from rich families didn’t breastfeed their kids. A mother was so tired of after childbirth to breastfeeding a kid so newborns were looked after by wet nurses.

#6 Factual Inaccuracy: In Ancient Rome, women didn’t have their own personal names.

Source: © Nicolas Guy Brenet / Piety and Generosity of Roman Women / Wikimedia Commons© CC BY 4.0

Roman women didn’t have their own names and instead were named according to the clan they belonged to. A girl was give names by combining the surname of her father and the name pf the place where she was born. Later, girls were often named after their mothers or other female relatives.
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