FLG mentioned how he is listening to a Roman history podcast. Since he going in chronological order, much of the history at this point, Romulus and Remus, the Seven Kings of Rome, the final war with Veii, is a mixture of myth and history. Well, the podcaster keeps trying to bring in what archaeological records have found. This is one of those things that just doesn't matter to FLG.
So, Livy says some war lasted ten years, but the archeological record says it's closer to 6-7. FLG just can't be bothered to care.
FLG actually got into an argument with a classic professor about the importance of fact in the Alexander histories. Trying to ascertain where fact ended and the legend began was of great importance to this professor. FLG could never understand why. Who cares whether it was snakes or crows that led Alexander to Siwah. Maybe he had an awesome guide or sheer dumb luck prevailed. How is that meaningful or relevant?
Maybe the classics and history professors who read this blog have a different take, but FLG is less concerned about what actually happened, especially when we have no way of knowing, rather than what the story or history means. Perhaps it's emblematic of some sort of virtue or vice or whatever.
And it's not just ancient history. FLG couldn't possibly care less whether Anthony McAuliffe actually, in point of fact, responded "Nuts" or not. He probably did, but that's not the God Damn point.