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Which Total Solar Eclipse is Phlegon Referencing?
What is Correct Olympic Calendar Reckoning in Terms of
How the Olympic Calendar Was Being Used During the First Century?
An Analysis of the 29 CE and the 33 CE Eclipse Paths
"And Phlegon also who compiled the Olympiads writes about the same things in his 13th book in the following words: 'In the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad, an eclipse of the Sun took place greater than any previously known, and night came on at the sixth hour of the day, so that stars actually appeared in the sky; and a great earthquake took place in Bithynia and overthrew the greater part of Niceaea;"
(“From: Phlegon, Olympiades, fragment 17. Quoted in Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation, by F Richard Stephenson, Cambridge University Press, 1997, page 359-360;” Solar Eclipse Newsletter, Vol. 8:11, Nov 2003. Cf. Google Book Search.)
The following is an attempt to explain in a simple manner some of the details found on NASA’s web site re the 29 CE and the 33 CE total solar eclipses:
A Brief Analysis:
If you look at NASA’s map at this
link, you’ll see a narrow blue line (=”Total Eclipse”) across Europe, Arabia
If on the other hand, we look, at
the same map, for the only total solar eclipse within the Olympic year between
July 1, 32 CE and July 1, 33 CE, what do we see? We see a wider and longer blue
band labeled “0033 Mar 19” and located in the lower part of said map, correct?
The time associated with the black asterisk on that blue line is “13:40:16,” is
it not? But that’s more than 1 hour and 40 minutes after noon, i.e. “the eight
hour,” thus to find a location along said blue line where the local time was
still within “the sixth hour,” i.e. between 11:00 and 12:00, we must move quite
far from the black asterisk towards the left/west along said blue band of “0033
Mar 19.” Where would such a location be found? Only somewhere close to the
Now, do you or don’t you see for yourself firsthand which one of the 29 AD vs. the 33 AD solar eclipses is the only possible correct anchor point for the Olympic calendar, i.e. as the Olympic calendar was being used during the time of Phlegon? How does this appear to your mind?: Very strong evidence? Even proof? How convincing are those facts to you? How well do you understand these facts of the matter? That’s what it is all about, is it not?
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