Skip to comments.Scientists calculate the exact date of the Trojan horse using eclipse in Homer
Posted on 06/24/2008 11:49:01 AM PDT by LibWhacker
The exact date when the Greeks used the Trojan horse to raze the city of Troy has been pinpointed for the first time using an eclipse mentioned in the stories of Homer, it was claimed today. # The truth about an epic tale of love, war and greed
Scientists have calculated that the horse was used in 1188 BC, ten years before Homer in his Odyssey describes the return of a warrior to his wife on the day the "sun is blotted out of the sky".
The legend of the fall of Troy is mentioned in Virgil and Homer's poems but it is believed to be based on truth and the exact date has been the subject of much debate.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Didn’t Schliemann discover that there were seven layers of ruins at the site of Troy, not just those of one city?
My favorite Iliad moment: the gullible citizens of Troy have dragged the wooden horse past the city gates. A man named Laocoon shouts “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!” and hurls his spear at the horse. Its impact makes the hidden Greeks’ weapons rattle. That night, for attempting to thwart the will of the gods, Zeus sends giant serpents to strangle Laocoon and his sons.
Maybe Laocoon should have shouted,
“Beware of gifts bearing Greeks!”
“Scientists calculate the exact date of the Trojan horse using eclipse in Homer”
So an eclipse used a Trojan Horse that was inside Homer?
Silly. Home was inside his Ford Eclipse, inside the Trojan horse.
Yeah, there’s at *least* 7 layers of ruins.
Not exactly unexpected - many current European capitals have a similar “foundation”. The inhabitants would annoy someone, the city would get torched, someone would rebuild the place, and the cycle would repeat.
Athens got burned, what, five times that we know of?
Solar eclipses are very specific in their timing and their location. They don’t happen every year in the same place.
Some folks think the Trojan Horse was a siege tower. It would have been pretty unique for the period.
Damn! I’m glad we finally got that worked out. Now we have to move on to the weather/wind calculations for the parting of the Red Sea. These scientists are sure improving the world, aren’t they!
If its an account that is ex-biblical then it is considered to be true and free from translation errors.
If its a biblical account it is considered purely fiction created by poor nomads who wanted to make themselves feel important and all accounts have no facts or are subject to eons of translation errors.
Not in the same place, and not necessarily total. For example, we're going to get a total eclipse here in the continential US in 2017, and our last one was in 1979.
They raped Thrace thrice.
a trojan was found in homer’s eclipse? d’oh!
I always thought the Trojan Horse reference was a metaphor for an earthquake. If an eclipse occurred it would mean considerable stress on existing faults. I can’t find a reference yet but I remember reading about the Greeks referring to earthquakes as âthundering hooves or a stampede of a horse herdâ.
Interesting since Poseidon, the God of the Sea was also associated with horses and earthquakes.
Ancient Eclipse Found in “The Odyssey,” Scientists Say
National Geographic News | 6-23-2008 | Richard A. Lovett
Posted on 06/23/2008 5:36:32 PM PDT by blam
Thanks null and void. Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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Although the Mayan calendar goes deep into the past, the early events it records are legendary. The earliest historical date known is 28 May 585 BC, the battle between the Medes and the Lydians that was interrupted by an eclipse predicted by Thales of Miletus.
I would have said:
The earliest historical event that can be accurately dated was the battle between the Medes and the Lydians on 28 May 585 BC. We know the exact date because it was interrupted by a solar eclipse that Thales of Miletus predicted.
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Blast from the Past.
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