Monday, June 23, 2008

It's April 16 on 1178BCE. Do You Know Where Your Epic Hero Is?

Some scientists have cranked the nerd up to 11 and correlated some passages in Homer's Odyssey with astronomical events:

They say the epic poem appears to confirm that the return of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca coincided with a solar eclipse on April 16, 1178BC. In the Odyssey, the moment when Odysseus kills the suitors who have been courting Penelope, his wife, during his absence after the Trojan War, is marked by the Sun being “blotted from the sky”.
Another Monday, another rainbow unweaved.

2 comments:

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Some scientists have cranked the nerd up to 11

But the nerd is resting comfortably in hospital and his condition has been upgraded from "atomic wedgie" to "really really unhappy".

There are rumors of civil legal action.

Seriously, interesting article. You'll never know where you'll find this stuff.

Dale said...

Professor Frink is exploring his options with Attorney Lionel Hutz.