Why I Love History

The greatest epic ever told

Grant Piper

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People often tell me that I have a knack for making history interesting. That is always a comment that warms my heart, but it is nothing that I can take credit for. I don’t make history interesting. History is intrinsically interesting all on its own. I am just sharing my passion for that fact.

History is the greatest story ever told. Great epics by masters like George RR Martin, Tolkien, and Homer have nothing on the real events that inspired such great works of literature. The Iliad? Inspired by an actual war against Troy. The Lord of the Rings? Inspired by World War I. Game of Thrones? Inspired by the War of the Roses.

History is a great interconnected web that ties us to the great figures of the past. The events of history do not follow the rules of logic or mathematics. Physical constraints do not bind history, and it does not follow preset paths. If you do a math equation properly, you can only end up with one correct conclusion. History is the exact opposite. You can examine history from multiple different angles and come up with multiple different explanations for events. History is messy because humanity is messy, which is why it is so fascinating to learn about.

What would have happened if Philip II of Macedon had not died at the relatively young age of 46? Philip II was the…

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Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.