Lunar Eclipse: Facts, Myths and Superstitions

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June 15, 2011 12:00
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Painting of Greek philosopher Anaxagorus. Photo - Wei Hong

Greeks believed for a long time that the moon was bewitched. They held the prognostic view that an eclipse is given by the gods as a sign of some grievous calamity. Greek philosopher Anaxagoras (c. 500– c. 428) was accused of atheism for attempting to explain the eclipse of the moon by natural causes. As a result he was thrown into prison. Protagoras was banished from Athens for maintaining the same belief.

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