For their investigation, the astronomers focused on 'Midnight Poem', a Sappho composition which contains the lines: "The moon has set, and the Pleiades; it is midnight, the time is going by, and I recline alone." Using the 'Starry Night' and 'Digistar 5' programs, researchers from the University of Texas Arlington were able to find the dates on which Pleiades (a bright star cluster) set before midnight in 570BC, the year the poem is believed to have been written.The earliest night the poem could have been describing fell on 25 January, they found.While it's impressive to figure out the date the poem was written, the team's discovery sheds more light on Sappho herself.
“I know girls who dated guys outside of the Greek system, and they freak out because they think their girlfriends are going to be exposed to a lot of drinking and a lot of guys,” said Rachel Cornwall, a senior at UC Berkeley.
A 2,500-year-old ancient Greek poem has been accurately dated for the first time using advanced sky-mapping software.
During a study, astronomers used computer programs to recreate the skies over ancient Greece, shedding more light on the origin of a poem by Sappho, one of the most well-known Greek lyric poets.
The 35-year-old TV presenter, who has often spoken about her 'big fat Greek family', said her boyfriend's nationality was a major problem for her strict father, who essentially cut ties with her when the relationship started.
Setting: Troy (modern Hisarlik, Turkey) Period: Bronze Age Traditional dating: c. 1260–1180 BC Outcome: Greek victory, destruction of Troy See also: Historicity of the Iliad In Greek mythology, the Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta.