Originally Posted by gladiatrice
There are a lot of irritating historical misconceptions that people believe/promote. The one that makes me nearly livid is when someone says:
"Julius Caesar was the first emperor!"
It shouldn't get to me, but it does.
What are some historical misconceptions that you find to be irritating?
Caesar was an imperator though , as were many other generals , infact the word means commander, the one who orders , the one who impose his will .
Then it come to mean the over commander of kings so the ruler above different nations and then the moder meaning .
Unfortunately I find quite irritating the abuse and misuse of this terminology for kind of "elevate" other cultures to a kind of higher social status by tributing "empire" title or "emperor "
For example emperor of Japan is a wrong terminology as he is just a king , on countrary the queen of England was actually an empress as ruled over different nations , as well as it was the king of spain , not so for some of the african kingdoms. Erroneously called empires .
An empire should only be used when you have a large estate composed of different nations and kingdoms , as was the austro ungarian empire .