overrated

  1. Dose

    Most overrated leaders in history?

    From what I understand, Alexander the Great is now coming under more scrutiny. I've also read that Gandhi wasn't nearly as influential in the Indian independence movement as he's made out to be. Who do you think are the most overrated leaders (either of a state or movement) in history?
  2. Maoistic

    The Italian Republics are overrated

    The Italian republics of the so-called Renaissance (around the 14th to 16th century) seem to me to be the most overrated European states in history. I feel that outside of art (and in my opinion, non-Italian medieval and early modern art is highly underrated), they hardly contributed to anything...
  3. P

    Are the Greeks overrated?

    It seems that Greece is a civilisation is overrated (as say, a precedent for the Renaisance) because: A: Western culture had a lot of medieval, Asian, and misc. influences that is pretends are Greek B: Greece gets too much credit for the contributions of the Romans, Italians, and the...
  4. Robert165

    Were Spartans overrated

    THE SPARTAN MYTH This video claims that Spartan military abilities were over exaggerated, largely due to propaganda spread by Sparta itself and then later by Roman authors who admired them. It says several times that for Claim [X] that “no contemporary historical records” can...
  5. H

    Is Chinese history overrated?

    Although they have had imperial dynastic rule for 2 millennia and was one of the world's largest countries/states for most of history, considering they have never really expanded their influence abroad in terms of colonies like the European powers did and were for the most part militarily...
  6. SufiMystic

    Which historical civilisation do you think was the most over-rated?

    Which historical civilisation is the most over-rated, in your opinion? 1. Ancient Greeks are popular but I think they deserve the credit they get, so they're not over-rated. 2. Rome is over-rated, imo, as they achieved nothing of significance in the world of ideas and even their technology...
  7. R

    Was the Soviet military overrated during the Cold War

    I recall a discussion about Soviet submarines, and how the people crewing them were not really happy to be there at all, and as a result Soviet submarines bno matter advanced were basically falling apart after a few years, in contrast to American crews being the cream of the crop, and then you...
  8. notgivenaway

    Are India and China's effects overrated?

    Both had/have large economies due to their population size and land area. They have not projected their culture much beyond their borders, bar some scientific, chemical, and practical things (numbers, gunpowder, etc) China also never dominated other East Asian powers, such as Korea, Japan...
  9. Naima

    Is Einstein overrated?

    Einstein is overall rated and portrayed as the most intelligent human beeing ever exhisted, celebrated everywhere as a Genius above all others so much that even his Brain was put under study... But apart the revolutinary theories of the relativity what else did he do? Compared to Tesla over 300...
  10. Karl XII

    Most overrated empires?

    While there's been tons of discussion on overrated generals, battle and campaigns I feel that this specific question has not come up. I have always personally thought that while the Mongol, Russian and British empires did many impressive things the sheer size of their empires isnt that amazing...
  11. T

    Is Alfred the Great Overrated?

    Alfred is normally considered one of the greatest kings that ever reigned in the British Isles and probably the greatest Anglo-Saxon king. However, how does he compare with his grandfather and father (Ecgbert and Aethelwulf) as well as his son and grandson (Edward and Aethelstan). In particular...
  12. T

    Is Tyrannosaurus overrated?

    Tyrannosaurus wasn't the largest predatory dinosaur species - we know at least nine meat-eating dinosaur larger than him. However, it is Tyrannosaurus, who moves imagination of people and is depicted in thousands of books, movies and games. If you ask random person meet at the street about...
  13. R

    Do you think Ancient Egypt is overrated?

    It's been a long time since I posted on this forum, so I figured I start up a discussion since I'm in the mood for one. Do you find Ancient Egypt to be overrated? I mean, it is opinion based, but in my opinion, I feel like it it gets a lot attention (apart from the whole Afrocentric debate...
  14. H

    Rome is overrated (except in military)

    Rome is extremely overrated, in every aspect associated with Rome is a Greek copy cat or other Mediterranean city states, in it's aesthetics and architecture it's a Greek copy cat, there are dozens of things roman get credit for that they didn't invent, for example aqueduct, were used in ancient...
  15. R

    Pauline Bonaparte: an overrated "idol"?

    Napoleon Bonaparte had three sisters: Elisa, Caroline and Pauline. The first two, rather plain in appearance, were similar to their brother in being highly intelligent, haughty, egoistical, unscrupulous and fanatically ambitious. But Pauline, the third and youngest sister, was in many ways...
  16. notgivenaway

    Is the USA's military record overrated?

    They have never won a war by themselves, in which they've defeated a similar foe. they've always defeated weaker opponents, or needed alliances: Revolutionary War - needed France as an ally War of 1812 - a tie, since the British were in the midst of the Napoleonic wars Mexican-American war -...
  17. notgivenaway

    Anglo-Saxon underrated/Normans overrated

    1066 is important in English history, without question. But as a schoolchild, I was taught a lot more about the Normans than the Anglo-Saxons, when the Normans just continued and modified a lot of the Anglo-Saxon laws and customs. No Anglo-Saxons means no English language, legal concepts like...
  18. Futuristic

    Why is Northern Europe so overrated and Southern Europe so underrated

    I find Italy to have produced more scientifically, artistically, philosophically, even Law content than Norway, Sweden and Finland combined. But Italy has bas reputation while these 3 countries have great reputation. Italy's life expectancy is higher. The cuisine is much more developed...
  19. 1stvermont

    William T Sherman- the Most Overrated General of the Civil war

    William T Sherman- The Most Overrated General of the Civil war? “The literature is frequently slanted in favor of Grant and Sherman” -Thomas J Rowland George B McClellan and Civil war History Kent State University Press William Tucumseh Sherman or “Uncle Billy” in my...
  20. VHS

    Nominate your most overrated historical entity!

    Of course, we will encounter threads about overrated entities here and there. How justified are they? Arguably, we can hardly be neutral and unbiased about historical entities. For example, the various Chinese dynasties all have fans here and there. Now, nominate your most overrated...