According to Anatoly Fomenko's New Chronology, history as we know it was fabricated by Christian scholars. Discover why he believes it and why he's not 100 percent crazy.
Almost everything you thought you knew about history is wrong. The Roman Empire emerged in the late Middle Ages, not the eighth century B.C. In fact, Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt as we know them didn't exist at all. And Jesus lived and died in the 12th century A.D.
Or so says the New Chronology theory developed by Russian mathematician Anatoly Fomenko.
Since the 1970s, Fomenko (born in 1945) has been building, refining, and publishing his ideas claiming that the history we all know to be true has been largely fabricated, that centuries upon centuries' worth of history was either faked by devious scribes or wildly misinterpreted by scholars (a theory not unlike the infamous Phantom Time Hypothesis).
While the finer points of the Fomenko theory are as convoluted and confusing as you might expect, the guiding principle is that recorded history before the 11th-14th centuries is generally unreliable for various reasons. Virtually all extant documents from the period before that time, Fomenko writes, are untrustworthy, due to a number of factors: poor timekeeping devices, inconsistent record-keeping, limited availability of surviving documents, lack of movable type, and so on.