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Peter B

Meteor?

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Jon the frog

Roman artillery ?

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Kenemet

Meteor immediately came to mind.  I wonder why the article didn't mention that.

 

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Hammerclaw

More likely a flaming projectile, launched at night for maximum effect, from a Roman ballista or catapult, used during the civil wars.

See the source image

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Poncho_Peanatus
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On 4/29/2021 at 9:14 PM, Hammerclaw said:

More likely a flaming projectile, launched at night for maximum effect, from a Roman ballista or catapult, used during the civil wars.

See the source image

and the high officers of the army wouldn anything about that? maybe a mistake like, OFFICER: did you just fire it? soldier: Uh sorry I thought this was the reload level, OFFICER: YOU INCOMPETENT NOW IM GOING TO [Ceasar comes in] Did any of you guys fire the artillery? OFFICER nonono....shaking his head its wasnt us. Soldier all shaking their head and raising their hands, nono it wasent us. [Caesar] hmmm ok then, thats weird most be one of those UFO's in the news, and walks away..... OFFICER to his soldiers, whispering, we keep this a secret....dont tell anybody.

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Poncho_Peanatus

I think a meteor a bolide, falling in the direction of Pompeii forces.

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1 hour ago, Poncho_Peanatus said:

and the high officers of the army wouldn anything about that? maybe a mistake like, OFFICER: did you just fire it? soldier: Uh sorry I thought this was the reload level, OFFICER: YOU INCOMPETENT NOW IM GOING TO [Ceasar comes in] Did any of you guys fire the artillery? OFFICER nonono....shaking his head its wasnt us. Soldier all shaking their head and raising their hands, nono it wasent us. [Caesar] hmmm ok then, thats weird most be one of those UFO's in the news, and walks away..... OFFICER to his soldiers, whispering, we keep this a secret....dont tell anybody.

Fantastical stories of Roman elite are common throughout history magnifying their image as chosen ones. A fiery projectile launched at night was just grist for the mill of some later scribe. It's just one many romantical tales concerning Caesar. Not at all surprising, since he was his own writer and publisher. He was reputed to have been delivered by Caesarian Section, hence the name for the procedure which always killed the mother. However, his mother is recorded to having delivered him normally and lived quite a long time.

Aurelia Cotta, Mother of Julius Caesar (thoughtco.com)

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third_eye

That's how gods were manufactured fit for the Roman Senate... 

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On 6/7/2021 at 10:47 AM, Hammerclaw said:

Fantastical stories of Roman elite are common throughout history magnifying their image as chosen ones. A fiery projectile launched at night was just grist for the mill of some later scribe. It's just one many romantical tales concerning Caesar. Not at all surprising, since he was his own writer and publisher. He was reputed to have been delivered by Caesarian Section, hence the name for the procedure which always killed the mother. However, his mother is recorded to having delivered him normally and lived quite a long time.

Aurelia Cotta, Mother of Julius Caesar (thoughtco.com)

they needed fantastical stories to impose themselves as the gods favorite, or something like that.

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quiXilver

Humans.  Utterly addicted to stories.  Particularly the ones we create in reacting to the world.

Phenomenon begets Noumenon.

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