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Text #9065

Pliny. Natural History. Series: Natural History. Vol. 1
[Plin. Nat. 2.22. Translated by H. Rackham. Harvard University Press. 1967. (10 Vols.) p. 233]

The ‘Horned-star’ has the shape of a horn, like the one that appeared when Greece fought the decisive battle of Salamis.

Text #9064

Yeomans. Comets
[p. 363]

480 BC, Greece. At the time of the Greek battle of Salamis, Pliny noted that a comet shaped like a horn (ceratias type), was seen. Barrett (1).

Text #68

Kronk. Cometography: A Catalog of Comets. Series: Cometography. Vol. 1
[p. 2]

The Roman scholar Pliny the Elder wrote in the year 77 that a comet of the Cerastes type (shaped like a crescent moon) appeared when the Greeks fought the final battle at Salamis. Historians agree the naval battle in the strait between Salamis and the Grecian mainland was won by Themistocles (an Athenian statesman) over Xerxes I (King of Persia) in -479.

Text #9063

Editorial comment by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

Using Yeomans’ date: -480 despite Kronk’s date of -479. See T#9062 on dating the battle.

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