The Power Of An Eclipse: The Story Of The Eclipse Of Thales

By | June 10, 2019

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When the moon passes in front of the sun, creating an eclipse, the skies turn dark in the middle of the day, a terrifying thing to ancient people. Source: (

The solar eclipse of August 2017, was historic in that a record number of people flocked to the path of totality to witness the amazing event. The eclipse of May, 585 BC, was also historic, but for a different reason. This celestial event, which came to be known as the Eclipse of Thales, marked an important time when the sun and moon were instrumental in ending a war. 

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The 6 year long war between the Lydians and the Medes in ancient Turkey was ended with a solar eclipse happened. Source: (

An Epic War

By the year 585 BC, the Lydians, people from Lydia in what is now Turkey, and the Medes, an ancient Iranian people, had been at war for nearly six years. Both sides were evenly matched and, although each side won important battles, the war itself seemed to be at a stalemate, with neither side showing any signs of giving up. It seemed as though the fighting could go on indefinitely.