Ever thought two people at any point in history were contemporaries in the sense that they lived at the same time, but later learned that was not the case?
When I was a child I thought Leonardo da Vinci and William Shakespeare were alive at the same time, but this is not true. Da Vinci died in 1519, a good 45 years before Shakespeare was even born. Michelangelo who lived at the same time, and is often compared to Da Vinci, did die the same year that Shakespeare was born.
Up until recently I assumed that Johann Sebastian Bach was alive at the same time as Ludwig van Beethoven. Not so- Bach lived from 1685-1750, whereas Beethoven did so from 1770-1827. Throw in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in there, but this time I was 50% right. Mozart and Beethoven did live at the same time, Mozart being born in 1756, was 14 years older than Beethoven. Mozart ALMOST lived at the same time as Bach, but Bach died just six years before Mozart’s birh. On a side note Mozart’s life was much shorter than the other two.
As a kid I thought figures such as Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and all lived around the time of Jesus, but they lived in B.C, before Christ.
Anyone else have this happen, and which figures?