5 Historical Facts About the Middle East

Today, the middle east is one of the best places in the world, especially when it comes to matters tourism. In fact, it is everyone’s dream to visit one of the Middle East countries at least once in his/ her lifetime. However, just like any other place in the world currently, the Middle East countries have history. In this article, we learn about 5 fascinating historical facts that you probably did not know about the Middle East.


  1. The Middle East Has True History

Long before the story Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon and Leif Eriksson finding America, the Roman-Syrians had “seen” what would happen in the future. According to what is arguably the first ever fantasy book, True History narrates the story of the first alien encounter that led to the establishment of a new continent in the western sides. The book continues to say that the first explorers flew to the moon from the region. This book was written by Lucian of Samosata, who was a Syrian writer, but had the full knowledge of Greek. The writer wrote parodies with the aim of mocking all the popular existing fairy tales at that time.


  1. The Discovery of Hamsters


You all know about the popular, small, cute and loveable hamsters, right? The gerbils were first discovered in Syria in 1797. In 1930, a zoologist from the University of Jerusalem caught some few Hamsters from the country with an aim of using them to conduct research. It is after the breeding of the hamsters that they delivered several labs around the world with an aim of maintaining the existence of the species. The hamsters you see today are the fortunate descendants of the breeds bred during these ancient times.


  1. Assassin’s Creed is Based on Events that Took Place in the Middle East


At this point, you have either heard or played the famous computer game known as Assassin’s Creed. If you haven’t, this is a game that revolves around war. The assassins are battling for peace and freedom while the Templar on the other hand believe in regaining peace by taking control of humanity. Well, this game is based on real events that took place in Syria between the 11th and 13th century. The battle also included the modern-day Iran.


  1. The Origin of Mocha


Mocha is a popular tasty drink that involves mixing of chocolate and coffee in its making. However, did you know that the drink originated from the Middle East? If anything, the word Mocha represents one of the ports in Yemen, which is located on the Red Sea. It’s also interesting that they have a copycat recipe for the  real Thai red curry paste.

  1. 20- Foot Mushrooms


Imagine walking through your garden, then suddenly you come across a 20-foot mushroom. That is exactly what American scientists discovered in Saudi Arabia more than a decade ago. According to studies, these mushrooms were present in the region from the ancient times. This is interesting, right?




The Middle East is famous for very many things. However, there are some historical fun facts that you probably did not know about. This article has taken you through 5 of them, but they are not limited to those.