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Old July 22nd, 2006, 01:44 PM   #1

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UFOs Help Alexander the Great?


My friend was bored at work the other day and he was cruising Wikipedia. On a UFO entry he came upon this,

"The army of Alexander the Great in 329 BC, as they were crossing a river into India, saw "two silver shields" in the sky that dove repeatedly on their military columns causing panic. In 322 BC when Alexander was besieging Tyre in Phoenicia, another "flying shield" moving in triangular formation with smaller "shields" approached. Supposedly the larger object shot beams of light at the city shattering its walls and other defenses. Alexander's army quickly took advantage of the situation and seized the city. The objects then departed."
Here is a link to that page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFOs#Ancient_accounts

He sent me that in an IM and asked me if it was true or not. I had never heard of this at all, but just because it seems ridiculous does not mean there might not be some truth. I always thought that Alexander took Tyre by building a bridge into the city out of the rubble from the 6 month siege of the city, not by help from visitors from another galaxy.

What I wanted to know is has anyone else ever heard of this? Is it possible that there might be some truth to this or is it just another lie from wikipedia?
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Old July 23rd, 2006, 02:21 PM   #2
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I have never heard of this, but I have heard of accounts of people seeing seeing UFOs thousands of years ago. UFOs are not a recent phenomenon.

I'm not sure if I believe it though, If an army or two saw some UFOs shooting beams of light on a city, do you really think they would just stand there and take advantage of the situation? If I saw that I would go running my ass off screaming in the opposite direction.

Maybe they had eaten some of those magic mushrooms earlier in the day.
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Old July 23rd, 2006, 09:22 PM   #3

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It says they need a citation for that. I would say that unless someone can come up with some kind of inscrition about the inicident it is false.
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Old July 24th, 2006, 07:36 AM   #4
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I guess Alexander should have asked for that personal force shield that repels arrows. D'oh!

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Old July 24th, 2006, 08:31 AM   #5

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It's really got to make you think though when these ancient people made claims of UFOs

The Roman author Julius Obsequens writes that in 99 BC, "in Tarquinia towards sunset, a round object, like a globe, a round or circular shield, took its path in the sky from west to east."

I mean what did they have to gain by making stuff up? There was no TV. The UFO sighting wouldn't have been communicated across the globe in a matter of minutes.

They simply saw what they saw and wrote it down.

Something freaky going on here.
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Old July 25th, 2006, 12:26 PM   #6

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It's really got to make you think though when these ancient people made claims of UFOs

The Roman author Julius Obsequens writes that in 99 BC, "in Tarquinia towards sunset, a round object, like a globe, a round or circular shield, took its path in the sky from west to east."

I mean what did they have to gain by making stuff up? There was no TV. The UFO sighting wouldn't have been communicated across the globe in a matter of minutes.

They simply saw what they saw and wrote it down.

Something freaky going on here.
Oh, if there was a primary source of anyone in Alexander's army verifying the statement that I read about then I agree with you, I would probably have to believe it. As Lord_Cronus pointed out though, there is no citation for it. I guess it is just another fabrication that someone took as fact due to wikipedia.
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Old July 25th, 2006, 05:47 PM   #7
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but there are primary sources of ufo sightings from thousands of years ago.
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Old September 17th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #8

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He, he. These are the Hellenic Gods. Ever wandered why spaceships have Hellenic names?
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Old September 16th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #9

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Re: UFOs Help Alexander the Great?


Sounds a bit unbelievable. Not saying it isn't true, however, but i haven't heard of it.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 01:42 AM   #10

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They are certain refers to UFO's and weapon technology especially in the Mahabharata.
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