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Clues from Homer classic help date 'Odyssey' slaughter

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  • derhexer@aol.com
    URL to an interesting article in CNN _http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/06/24/Homerstudy.ap/index.html_
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 25, 2008
      URL to an interesting article in CNN

      First few paragraphs
      WASHINGTON (AP) -- Using clues from star and sun positions mentioned by the
      ancient Greek poet Homer, scholars think they have determined the date when
      King Odysseus returned from the Trojan War and slaughtered a group of suitors
      who had been pressing his wife to marry one of them.

      Homer's possible reference to a solar eclipse helped scholars date Odysseus'
      return from the Trojan War.

      It was April 16, 1178 B.C., that the great warrior struck with arrows,
      swords and spears, killing those who sought to replace him, a pair of researchers
      say in Monday's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of

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