When you look at all the reported sightings of UFOs throughout history, a theme slowly emerges amongst records and witness testimonials. It’s not a modern phenomenon either, when you take into account that the description of unidentified flying crafts has been remarkably consistent. NASA researchers have put together a comprehensive study that chronicles UFO sightings all the way back to ancient times. Some of these reports have been dismissed as made up or accredited to natural events, but there are still many that continue to puzzle space study scientists.
Whether you believe in alien space ships or not, you have to acknowledge the fact that this is a global occurrence that covers a wide range of cultures and societies, and spans over thousands of years.
One of these sightings is chronicled by the Roman historian Plutarch, who describe the event being witnessed by thousands of Roman soldiers. It happened in Phrygia, which is today known as Turkey, during the Roman campaign against the armies of King Mithridates the Sixth. As the Roman legions marched to the planes of Otryae, where the battle was set to take place, a massive body appeared in the sky, enwreathed in great flames. The object tore the heavens apart as it descended between the two opposing forces. According to Plutarch, many of the soldiers and generals on both sides took this as a sign from the gods showing their displeasure with the war. In the end, no battle was fought that day and the two armies withdrew to their respective camps to contemplate on what had just happened.
Roman records describe the object as being shaped like an amphora, encased in liquid silver and with huge flames surrounding its outer shell.
While this suggests the object could be a meteorite, NASA researchers and modern historians disagree. Meteorites were well-known and documented in the ancient world, and Plutarch describe the object to be floating in the air without making an impact. Incidentally, the region of Phrygia was at the time greatly devoted to star gazing and worship of heavenly bodies. Had the unidentified object been a meteorite, it most likely would have been recorded in local texts and been brought to one of the temples. No such records have been found and the documents concerning Phrygian meteorites make no mention of the event.
There’s still a chance that the object was a meteorite of the less common variety. Bolides are not black, like most other meteors entering the Earth’s atmosphere, but are brightly coloured and have tendency to explode before impact. What intrigues NASA and modern scholars is simply this: Bolides were also known by ancient astronomers, and Plutarch would have surely been able to distinguish a common meteorite from a UFO. He wasn’t the only learned individual in the ranks either, which adds to the mystery surrounding this object.
A silvery craft with flames spurting out from its sides, that just happened to descend and hover between two armies right before battle…
How likely is it that this was a freak natural phenomenon?