Year 74 B.C. – Otryae, Phrygia Phenomenon

The Greek biographer and historian Plutarch (46-120 AD) provides us with a historical testimony of a strange sighting at a battlefield during the third Mithidratic war (75-63 BC). The testimony can be found in Plutarch’s book “Lucullus” (in Greek ΛΕΥΚΟΛΛΟΣ). “With no apparent change of weather, but all on a sudden, the sky burst asunder, and a huge, flame-like body was seen to fall between the two armies. In shape, it was most like a wine-jar, and in color, like molten silver. Both sides were astonished at the sight, and separated. This marvel, as they say, occurred in Phrygia (Turkey), at a place called Otryae.”

Otryae, Phrygia, 74 B.C.

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