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The fall of Phaethon: a Greco-Roman geomyth preserves the memory of a meteorite impact in Bavaria (south-east Germany)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Barbara Rappenglück
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bahnhofstrasse 1, 82205 Gilching, Germany (Email:
Michael A. Rappenglück
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bahnhofstrasse 1, 82205 Gilching, Germany (Email:
Kord Ernstson
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Am Judengarten 23, 97204 Höchberg, Germany (Email:
Werner Mayer
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bahnhofstrasse 1, 82205 Gilching, Germany (Email:
Andreas Neumair
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bahnhofstrasse 1, 82205 Gilching, Germany (Email:
Dirk Sudhaus
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Institut für Physische Geographie, 79085 Freiburg, Germany (Email:
Ioannis Liritzis
University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies, Dimokratias 1, 85100 Rhodes, Greece (Email:


Arguing from a critical reading of the text, and scientific evidence on the ground, the authors show that the myth of Phaethon – the delinquent celestial charioteer – remembers the impact of a massive meteorite that hit the Chiemgau region in Bavaria between 2000 and 428 BC.

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