February 22, 2006 by AK
As one Russian LiveJournal blogger remarked, if David Irving deserves three years in jail, Anatoly T. Fomenko deserves the firing squad.
Fomenko, a member of the Russian Academy of Science, is a distinguished mathematician with an all too avid interest in history. Starting with legitimate concerns about radiocarbon dating methods and discrepancies in old chronicles and astronomic maps, Fomenko went on to create a wholly new chronology of world history. Its central feature is the absence of antiquity as we know it: Fomenko claims all artefacts of the ancient world were manufactured in the Middle Ages. Moreover, I have read, with my own eyes, in a brochure by two Fomenko disciples and popularizers, that Jesus Christ and emperor Constantine were the same person, and Homer was a medieval prince, a certain Count Homer.
I should add that Fomenko’s denial of antiquity goes back at least as far as to Nikolay A. Morozov (1854-1946) and even to Newton, but that’s no mitigating circumstance.
“The list of his supporters includes such famous figures as Chess World champion Garry Kasparov,” according to Wiki.