Ancient/Classical History/Historical Art

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It seems that many early works of art, like religious paintings, were made long after the event often by artists that weren't ever there.  

Do we know what was the first visual depiction of an event as it happened?

Thanks!

Will

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Hello Will,

No we dont ...   what remains  are secondary sources, that is retelling of events  by persons who did not witness the event itself as it happened.

PRIMARY SOURCES:
People use original, first-hand accounts as building blocks to create stories from the past. These accounts are called primary sources, because they are the first evidence of something happening, or being thought or said

EXAMPLES     writings,  letters, art, maps diaries, etc done by the actual person who viewed the event AS IT HAPPENED THEY WITNESSED THE EVENT.  = these do not exist

SECONDARY SOURCES
Second-hand, published accounts are called secondary sources. They are called secondary sources because they are created after primary sources [AFTER THE EVENT HAPPENED] and they often use or talk about primary sources.

Secondary sources can give additional opinions [SOMETIMES CALLED BIAS] on a past event or on a primary source. Secondary sources often have many copies, found in libraries, schools or homes.

All of the following are secondary sources, if they tell of an event that happened a while ago:
history textbooks, biographies published stories and art art.

Religious art is a definite secondary source because the artist are interpreting what happened using their ideas and bias of the event;  but did NOT witness the event itself as it happened.

Irulan  

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Along with teaching classical Literature for over thirty-eight years, I have also taught history of the Greco-Roman cultures. History and Mythology are, in my opinion, inseparable; it is necessary to have a background in both to have a clear understanding of both ends of the spectrum, the myth and the fact.

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Thirty-eight years of teaching IN A VARIETY OF VENUES: NOVA UNIVERSITY BARRY UNIVERSITY MIAMI NORLAND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL CAROL CITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL MIAMI EDISON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL HENRY H FILER MIDDLE SCHOOL PALM SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL JOSE MARTI MIDDLE SCHOOL

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BACHELORS AND MA IN EDUCATION MA WORLD LITERATURE MA ENGLISH MA CLASSICAL LITERATURE MA GRECO-ROMAN HISTORY PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO U of M MIAMI-DADE COUNTY BARRY UNIVERSITY MIAMI - DADE COUNTY NSU UNIVERSITY

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