Monday, November 9, 2009

History in Action

2500 years ago, a Persian army - 50,000 soldiers strong - vanished utterly in the Sahara desert during a massive sandstorm. The story came down through history via Herodotus, who wrote about the event about 100 years later. His story was the stuff of legends, and was treated as just that - a legend. Interesting, perhaps based in some reality, but not literally true.

Well, hold on to your hats, because the desert has apparently yielded up their bodies, 25 centuries later. According the story at MSNBC, twin Italian brothers have discovered bronze weapons, a silver bracelet, an earring and hundreds of human bones. They contend that the find represents the site of the disaster.

Found at Neatorama

Lost Armies on Whidbey Island.

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