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

  • Barbara Rappenglück (a1), Michael A. Rappenglück (a1), Kord Ernstson (a2), Werner Mayer (a1), Andreas Neumair (a1), Dirk Sudhaus (a3) and Ioannis Liritzis (a4)...
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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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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
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