That's at 12:00 p.m. LST (Legendary Standard Time)

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Via John Scalzi's del.icio.us feed, I see that scientists claim to have pinned down exactly when Odysseus got home — roughly noon on April 16, 1178 B.C.:

Now scientists have pinned down his return to April 16, 1178 B.C., close to noon local time, according to astronomical references in the epic poem that seem to pinpoint the total eclipse of the sun on the day that Odysseus supposedly returned on.

. . . .

The scientists then searched for potential dates that satisfied all these astronomical references close to the fall of Troy, which has over the centuries been estimated to have occurred between roughly 1250 to 1115 B.C. From these 135 years, they found just one date satisfied all the references — April 16, 1178 B.C., the same date as the proposed eclipse.

Penelope's suitors were all dead by 12:01.

Read the whole thing, as they say.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. David  •  Jun 24, 2008 @6:51 am

    This is my favorite Popehat post of June 2008.

  2. Ken  •  Jun 24, 2008 @7:06 am

    Because I wrote so little, right?

  3. The M  •  Jun 24, 2008 @7:08 am

    There's also some good astronomical timing work covering the timing of Ansel Adams paintings, and the original running of Marathon.

  4. The M  •  Jun 24, 2008 @7:24 am
  5. David  •  Jun 24, 2008 @8:14 am

    Ansel Adams paintings?

  6. The M  •  Jun 24, 2008 @8:58 am

    Whoa. Can't believe I did that! :smackingheadwithpalm:

  7. Ken  •  Jun 24, 2008 @9:01 am

    "Shit. I'm out of gray again."