A Russian mathematician rewrote history – and it’s crazy
If you know enough mathematicians, you could believe almost any story about them. They can be brilliant and completely crazy at the same time. (To be fair, we physicists aren’t much better off.) Anatoly Fomenko is an accomplished Russian mathematician who also happens to be – in his own mind, anyway – a historian. His version of the story, however, is quite different from most.
Fomenko combs through historical records from millennia past, looking for statistical correlations in patterns of events and their relative timing. Knowing the correct order of events and their relative separation in years helps a historian pinpoint the absolute date on which they occurred. It is chronology. Fomenko does not believe that statistically similar timelines repeat themselves by chance. When two timeframes match too closely, one of them must be false. This leads him to some mind-boggling conclusions.
The synthesis of his 40 years of work: all written history only copies, modifies and repeats a limited set of historical events that have occurred entirely since 800 AD, and mainly since 1000-1100 AD. Nothing in the earlier eras really happened. It can be summed up briefly as Antiquity is the Middle Ages. It’s a bit hard to imagine, so let’s look at an example.
Fomenko’s parallel universe
Line up a chart of the reigns of the kings of Judah from around AD 0 to 400 with a chart of the German kings from around AD 950 to 1350. You can see that the patterns are similar. This could This means that the kingdom of Judah was concocted by historians ripping out the true history of the Saxon dynasty of the Middle Ages in Europe.
It is Fomenko parallelism, a method that is a bit like science. He finds many statistical correlations between historical timelines; you can see about twenty of them here. In a certain sense, this could This means that a whole fake prehistory of Western civilization has been put together by repeating a more modern story with faked names, dates and details – the focus here continues to be on could. Fomenko’s parallelism also extends to star sightings, physical distances between historical capitals, name similarities, and more.
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With so much history to rewrite, there are many famous victims. jesus christ could were the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos, merged with elements borrowed from the biographies of other historical figures, possibly including a pope and a Chinese emperor. If that sounds too unbelievable, consider that Komnenos was put to death at the end of his reign with wounds similar to those of Jesus. Then again, he was also licentious, murderous and cruel. (But that’s according to the official stories, of course.)
Several historically significant cities are further casualties of Fomenko’s alternate timeline. It turns out that ancient Troy and Jerusalem were the same city. This city is Constantinople. Ancient Rome, on the other hand, may have been in Egypt, although this “requires further research”. Rome in Italy was only built in 14th century.
Enter the Russia-Horde
While this may all sound pretty crazy, we’re just getting ready for the main event. Perhaps the greatest lesson from Fomenko’s work is that much of human history has been dominated by Russia-Horde. This force, led by tsar-khans such as Georgiy – Genghis Khan – Danilovichi, conquered most of the world. In the process, they built the pyramids of Giza and inspired historical fiction of the ancient Roman Empire.
The exploits of Dmitry Donskoy were repurposed to create the Roman Emperor Constantine. In this version of the story, Donskoy was not a Russian leader who defeated the Mongols, but rather a leader of the Russia-Horde. Over the following centuries, the Russia-Horde performed other feats such as send colonizers to America who started a Christian Empire of the Incas of America.
Lessons from Anatoly Fomenko
Fomenko’s seven-volume (!!) series contains a vast array of (erroneous) information, which rewrites nearly all of human history in its alternate timeline. You can barely scratch the skin off this big, juicy fruit. It’s an entertaining read if you’re looking for something unusual and absorbing. Many passages, including several linked above, are available for free at the New timeline website. Here is Volume I to start.
What conclusions can we draw from this work? First of all, it’s a good thing that people seek the truth in unorthodox ways. Uncertain dates are foreign to us in an age of voluminous paper and digital records. However, knowledge of ancient history was nurtured for several centuries only by a small number of theologians and literate scholars. With such few and tenuous channels of information, it is conceivable that large parts of it are tampered with in some way. Fomenko suspects a few Christian scholars, including Joseph Scaligerto pull the Scaligerian chronology switcheroo. It may be less crazy than it seems when you consider that he has come Many times in living memory.
Second, math and science are powerful tools, but they are not omnipotent. They have limited value in understanding history. Statistics is a consistent discipline, but when applied incorrectly – as is often the case – the conclusions are worthless. the lack of scientific reproducibility in some modern research disciplines is proof of this. Fomenko’s work is a fun “what if”, but also a lesson in the limits of statistical analysis methods.