Geographical sites:

  • 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.
  • Greece (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #570577)
    Pleiades_icon Peloponnesus/Peloponnesos/Peloponnese peninsula, region Description: The large peninsula protuding into the Mediterranean Sea that constitutes the southern part of Greece. It is largely separated from mainland Greece on the north by the Corinthian Gulf, joining it only in the northeast via the narrow Isthmus of Corinth.

Citations:

Text #3901

Sachs & Hunger. Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia
[p. 115]

BM 35561

‘Rev.’
13’- the 11th1, a fall of fire.

  1. July-August.

Text #8668

Frontinus. The Strategems and The Aqueducts of Rome
[Front. 1.12.5. Translated by Charles E. Bennett. Harvard University Press. 1925 p. 83]

The same Epaminondas, when a meteor fell from the sky by night and struck terror to the hearts of those who noticed it, exclaimed: “It is a light sent us from the powers above.”1

  1. These two stories reported by Frontinus about Epaminondas and Chabrias may refer to the great comet of 373 or the associated meteor shower. [nE]

Text #8669

Frontinus. The Strategems and The Aqueducts of Rome
[Front. 1.12.12. Translated by Charles E. Bennett. Harvard University Press. 1925 p. 85]

As Chabrias, the Athenian, was about to fight a naval battle, a thunderbolt fell directly across the path of his ship. When the soldiers were filled with dismay at such a portent, he said: “Now is the very time to begin battle, when Jupiter, mightiest of the gods, reveals that his power is present with our fleet.”

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