Eclipses in Antiquity – podcast notes

My latest podcast gives an account of eclipses in antiquity. Here are some handy resources, to help understand the science behind the eclipse and some other points of interest. if you want to listen to it you can find it below:

The Eclipse.

This is a good video to help understand how eclipses work.

This is the path of a total eclipse (it’s the one in the poem by Archilochus). The complete shadow corridor is marked by the blue lines. Both Paros and Thasos are just outside of it, meaning they would see a partial eclipse. The further from the corridor (in this case north of south of it) the less of the partial eclipse you would have seen.

Eclipse data.

I mentioned the Nasa website. Here’s the link to:

Solar Eclipses in antiquity.

Lunar Eclipses in antiquity.

You can use the links in the records to get different data on the eclipse. It’s really impressive.

In the podcast I refer to papers on the eclipses in the Odyssey and the Iliad. Here they are:




Here’s Mesopotamia.

Pannonia (marked in dark red).

Other stuff!

I mentioned the lunar crater named after Gallus. Here’s a picture (from wiki).

This is a cuneiform tablet which contains an accurate sexagesimal approximation to the square root of 2. You can read more about it in the wiki article.

I mentioned a couple of podcasts. One on the Sicilian Expedition and another on Human Sacrifice. Here they are:

Sicilian Expedition:

Human Sacrifice:

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