There’s a difference between a historian and history commentary or commentator. Most people mistaken the two to be the same when they aren’t. A historian records unbiased facts by interviewing eye witnesses and in some cases they were an eyewitness. They records the actual facts and do not detour from them. The record it just as it is occurred. If anyone said or did something horrible. They records it. They don’t clean it up or dress it up.
It’s the history commentary or commentator are who make it more pliable and pleasant sounding or sometime even distort accounts for the public but often they wasn’t a witness nor interviewed any witnesses so they too must rely on what the historians wrote.
A history commentary or commentator do not always rely solely on facts. They often adds or subtract based upon their personal feelings or cultural connections and are often quite biased in their account of the event. But too often their accounts are what is taken as the actual accounts.
Perhaps one of the most famous historian is the Jewish-Roman historian, Flavius Josephus. In some text you find his name written Josephus Flavius. He is who recorded the death of “James the Just,” who was a brother of Jesus called Christ. Whereas it is often believed in many religious sect that Jesus had no siblings. He wasn’t writing from a religious standpoint but as a witness who was recording the hostile climate of the first century. He also wrote about many other things which is how we know or at least believed they happened.
In the days before more lenient rulerships of nations, poets and writers often served as historians by telling the events in a subdue manner making it seems as a fictional story. Sure, they added cyclops gods, goddesses, hero’s epic struggles, and minotaurs to make the story more exciting but they were often recording history so that future generations would know what happened. And know why things are the way they are in their own era.
The Egyptian viziers were the sealers of the tombs of the pharaohs often wrote what the ruler was ‘really‘ like after the family left and before the tomb was sealed.
Another famous historian is Homer. The author of the Iliad. He wrote about the lost Egyptian city of Thonis, (Heracleion) was the Greek name which recently was found under the sea. He also wrote about Atlantis. So, if Thonis actual once existed, then perhaps so did Atlantis.
History commentaries or commentators have always been viewed more favorable by the public than historians. Why? Because they say what the public wish to hear whereas a historian will not. Rulers and kings have always detested true historians.