March 28 – When a Solar Eclipse Stopped a Battle

May 28, 585 BC – According to the ancient Greek historian and geographer Herodotus, a solar eclipse occurred, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales of Miletus. The eclipse was interpreted as an omen, which stopped a battle between the Medes and the Lydians, who agreed to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.


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3 Responses to March 28 – When a Solar Eclipse Stopped a Battle

  1. rafflaw says:

    Would it work again in the Middle East??

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Wouldn’t that be great? But now that most people know what an eclipse is, and have a lot of advance notice when one is coming, eclipses these days don’t have quite the impact they did in 585 BC.

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