My pleasure Umut. I think you're on to something good.
The past is the biggest thing we know, perhaps bigger than the Universe (or equal in size.... expansion theory anyone??) and therefore it's nearly impossible to know what effect it has on us, what influence we are victim to and what legacy we have been born from. To circumvent modern interpretations and go back to the source objects is probably the only way to understand our own history.
And you thought this was just a simple discussion about lenses!