Many movies contain historical anachronisms, such as a red sports car’s racing alongside Roman chariots, or a Roman soldier’s wearing a wrist watch. My favorite anachronism is in the movie 10,000 BC, which shows the great pyramids at Giza, which were actually built much later in 2600 BCE. Depending upon the audience, such anachronistic or chronologically imprecise details can be either distracting or entertaining. Some cinematic directors, for example, use anachronism on purpose for a comedic effect.
Quiz: What is an anachronism?
- An object that catches the eye because it should be in a museum.
- An object that does not fit in its surroundings because it is from another period in history.
- An object that represents a particular period of historical significance.