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  • Babylon (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #727082)
    Pleiades_icon Babylon settlement, fort Geocontext: Fostat, Cairo
    Description: An ancient fortified city of the Delta of Egypt, located at Babylon in the area today known as Coptic Cairo.


Text #3807

Sachs & Hunger. Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia
[p. 171]

BM 45610

14’ – The 1st (June/July), around noon, a “fall of fire” […]

Text #8626

Edouard Biot. Catalogue général des étoiles filantes et des autres météores observés en Chine pendant vingt-quatre siècles
[pp. 7--8]

As planet Mars was close to the stellar group Sin, a star fell on the province of Toug-kiun (Chan-toung), and when it hit the earth, it transformed into stone. Some individuals wrote the following inscription in that stone: “the Emperor shall die, and the Earth will be divided [It could also mean “shared”]. The Emperor Chi-Houng heard the news. He sent officers to gather information at the site, but since nobody answered their questions, he ordered to arrest the inhabitants of the county where the stone had fallen, had them executed, and gave orders to burn the stone.1

  1. Translated from French into English by editor. Original: “Pendant que la planète Mars était près du groupe stellaire Sin, une étoile tomba dans la province Toug-kiun (Chan-toung), et lorqu’il eut touché la terre, elle se changea en pierre. Queleques individus gravèrent sur cette pierre l’inscription suivante: “L’empereur va mourir, et la terre sera partagée.” L’empereur Chi-houng apprit cette nouvelle; il envoya des officiers informer sur les lieux, et comme on ne répondit pas à leurs questions, il fit saisir les habitants du canton où la pierre était tombée, les fit exécuter, et ordonna qu’on brûlat la pierre.”

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