Newton vindicates Homer – the sublime synthesis of science, art and history

If you did not see this marvellous story is 2008, it really is well worth reading (on the Guardian

Apparently, scientists have used clues from Homer’s Odyssey and the science of Sir Issac Newton to determine when the events described in the Odyssey actually occurred.

According to the article, the events surrounding the Trojan Horse took place in 1188 BC and the bloody massacre of Penelope’s suitors took place during an eclipse on April 16 1178BC (as calculated by some equally clever people back in the 1920s but up to now not proven).

Since the legend of Troy turned out to be based on history, will we now come to see the Odyssey as being more history than in legend?

Thank you to Marcelo Magnasco, head of the Laboratory of Mathematical Physics at Rockefeller University, New York, and Constantino Baikouzis of the Proyecto Observatorio at the Observatorio Astronómico in La Plata, Argentina, for their report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for this news.


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