Another one, gas in the sea. Apparently Neptune is cognate with Apam Napat, which is another God, but from this word we get Naptha, things like that, fire in water - this can actually be relevant to Poseidon.
Could a gas explosion in the North Sea c. 600BC affected the forts maybe I wonder.
I think the appearance of a close by meteor or passing celestial body is not out of the question.
The myth of Phaethon clearly says it was boiling hot when he was going crazy in the sky. So hot it burned the faces black of the Ethiopians! Scorched the desert up, Poseidon was so hot he waved his trident angrily at the sun. Everything, cities, forests, all on fire. It was so hot Zeus takes him out with a lightening bolt to stop the heat.
If one landed on earth it would have been very close as it came in and very hot.
Actually the Vitrified Forts would make a good topic.
Back to Troy.
Edited by The Puzzler, 19 November 2010 - 03:21 AM.