This is absolutely absurd and its a shame I have to waste my time to write this. But as with all ridiculous conspiracy crap that exists out there, those dilettantes who actually believe in alien astronauts that came to earth and helped mankind are actually getting media attention through the History Channel. I don’t know why; these people are completely delusional.
First, they don’t seem to care (or they simply cannot fathom) the difference between modern history and ancient history. That is, they haven’t yet figured out that ancient literature is exaggerated, often filled with fictitious tales that were outright fabricated using earlier literature, and often grounded in political and religious idealism. So when one reads about ancient military victories, one shouldn’t automatically assume that the Greeks actually had a super weapon, or were literally handed gifts from the gods to win. The same goes for the Romans, the Egyptians, the Israelites, and so forth.
Second, these dilettantes can’t seem to fathom that the ancient mythic mind was not at all concerned with ‘fact’ vs. ‘fiction’. Those who were able to write the sorts of literature that have survived today (literature, mind you, not personal letters–ancient histories count as literature) cared little whether they were recounting things as they happened. They didn’t care whether or not Apollo was there with his bow, mowing down Greeks outside the walls of Troy. To them, it happened and it didn’t happen. This might be a difficult concept for modern people who have a completely different, rational mindset then those authors from antiquity.
Finally, these alien astronaut ‘experts’ are reading all sorts of things into the text and are fabricating all sorts of nonsense based totally on pseudo-archaeology. This sounds like something BAR would publish, if we replace “ancient astronaut” with “Biblical Israel”. Indeed, these alien astronaut supporters are sounding more and more like maximalists. And frankly, I’m not sure what is worse….
For a full analysis of the Ancient Alien show, I suggest everyone get acquainted with two links:
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