Monday, May 28, 2012

The Battle of the Eclipse

In 585 BC the Persian Medes and the Anatolian Lydians were in their fifth year of war in the land that is now Turkey.

On this day in 585 the final battle, fought at the river Halys, was brought to an abrupt end when the warriors - witnessing a total solar eclipse - perceived the darkness as an omen from the gods to stop fighting and laid down their arms.  After the Battle of the Eclipse, a truce was agreed to and the river Halys became the border between the two countries.

On this day, we take a moment to remember and honor all who served.

The Historical Inebriant: Cheers to all who now serve
                                          Thank you


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