Ratings

This website evaluates claims that are made about the ancient world and rates these claims as true, false, or somewhere in between. Some claims cannot be proved or disproved and are therefore rated as unproven. Below is an overview of the different ratings. Selecting a specific rating will take you an overview of all the associated claims on this website.

True

True

This rating indicates that the main elements of the claim in question are demonstrably correct.

Mostly true

Mostly true

This rating indicates that the main elements of the claim in question are demonstrably correct, but some of the details may be inaccurate or left out.

Half true

Half true

This rating indicates that the claim in question has such a mixture of true and false elements that it is at best only half true.

Mostly false

Mostly false

This rating indicates that the main elements of the claim in question are demonstrably false, but some of the details are demonstrably correct.

Misleading

Misleading

This rating is used for claims that could be mostly true or mostly false, depending on your point of view. The individual words of the claim tend to be all true. As such, it is misleading rather than outright true or false.

Unproven

Unproven

This rating indicates that there is insufficient proof to establish if the claim in question is true, but neither can it be definitively shown to be false. Often, the claim in question demands proving a negative.