Friday, May 28, 2010

Halys Battle Day

A battle was fought here on this date in 585 B.C. This is the oldest date that we can fix with mathematical certitude because a solar eclipse ended it. The soldiers feared that the sudden darkening was a sign from the gods and fled. Peace was declared between the Medians and Lydians. This river became their boundary.

This isn't a holiday but it ought to be one. The oldest event that can be dated in all human history - that ought to be celebrated.