In the past week or so, I've been binge-ing (is that a word?) on documentaries about history in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Some of the information challenged my 'traditional' views on the area, while other bits made me want to find out more.
Certainly, all documentaries have some bias in them, depending on the angle and intent of the producer. The point, then, is to take in information from different sources and piece them together in a way that makes sense to me.
A trio of things that struck me:
1) Historical figures are often portrayed in a good light by their own people's history texts. Accounts from other groups of people may shed light on their actual behaviours and deeds.
2) There is little consensus on historical information and what they mean. Interpretations vary according to the historian's culture, personality and mindset.
3) Events that once occurred are often very similar to situations today. It's no stretch to say that 'history repeats itself'.