Unidentified flying objects in classical antiquity
A very interesting paper on UFOs in classical antiquity was published in The Classical Journal in 2007 by NASA astrophysicist Richard Stothers.
Stothers relates many examples of UFOs and other unidentified phenomena witnessed throughout classical antiquity, from “a spectacle of defensive and offensive weapons” seen rising into the sky over Rome in 43 BC, to “a large silver disk that suddenly vanished like smoke” while taking off from the desert floor somewhere in Egypt around AD 285. These, and many other examples, makes for an intriguing read.
A combined historical and scientific approach is applied to ancient reports of what might today be called unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Many conventionally explicable phenomena can be weeded out, leaving a small residue of puzzling reports. These fall neatly into the same categories as modern UFO reports, suggesting that the UFO phenomenon, whatever it may be due to, has not changed much over two millennia.
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