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 is universally associated with a particular period of history.
- An object that draws attention to itself because it looks nothing like the objects around it.
- An object that does not fit in its surroundings because it is from another period in history.