Text #3901Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia & .
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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
These two stories reported by Frontinus about Epaminondas and Chabrias may refer to the great comet of 373 or the associated meteor shower. [nE] ↩
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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