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Too much information in the Odyssey

Maybe Homer’s astronomy was centuries ahead of his time

5:50pm, June 26, 2008

The sun has been obliterated from the sky
and an unlucky darkness invades the world
Homer, the Odyssey

Eventually, the stars took a luckier turn for the embattled hero of the Odyssey — while for his enemies, the noontime sun turned ominously dark.

Homer marked Odysseus’ last days of wandering on his way back to his kingdom of Ithaca with accurate references to the position of the stars and planets and to a solar eclipse, researchers propose in an upcoming Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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