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Was the 'Wave of Poseidon' a real tsunami ?

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2012 · Comment icon 20 comments



Image Credit: CC 2.0 Ken Russell Salvador
Ancient Greek lore tells of a giant wave sent by the gods to wipe out an entire marauding Persian army.
What has been attributed in stories to an act of divine intervention however may have grounds in reality thanks to new research by Klaus Reicherter who believes that the event may have actually taken place. In 479 BC, Herodotus wrote about the incident by describing a great backwards ebb of the sea followed by a massive wave that washed away the Persian soldiers.

By examining shells and other data retrieved from the sea floor Klaus was able to validate the story by determining that a tsunami occured in the region at the time the incident was said to have occured.
When the ocean rose up and saved a Greek town from a marauding Persian army nearly 1,500 years ago, renowned Greek historian Herodotus chalked it up to an act of the gods.


Source: Mother Nature Network | Comments (20)


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Comment icon #11 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 11 years ago
"If I do too much people lose the will to act for themselves, if I do too little people lose hope. But if I do it just right no one knows whether I've acted at all" God in Futurama. That actually makes a lot of sense. From a divine perspective at least. lol
Comment icon #12 Posted by Orcseeker 11 years ago
Lol this warped sense of an "act of god". If this was an act of God, what a cruel, sadistic, horrible entity he is.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Time Spy 11 years ago
Lol this warped sense of an "act of god". If this was an act of God, what a cruel, sadistic, horrible entity he is. Not from the Greek's point of view, saviour or spawn? Seems to me we as humans are the ones that continue to do all the killing, no matter what god we seem to credit as either or both? Ask yourself this, do you think any God or creating ET for that matter would really support the idea of mankind continuing to slaughter the living sheep skin out of each other all the time? Would you want your kids to wipe each other out and blame you? Cruel, yeah no doubt, but that would be us, no... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Conrad Clough 11 years ago
Tsunamis all come from an earthly cause IMO ie, earthquakes. There is no such thing as an 'act of god' (unless of course, your house is struck by lightning and your insurance company is still in the dark ages) It could be noted that in addition to the Sea, earthquakes were also the province of Poseidon.
Comment icon #15 Posted by catfishyeah 11 years ago
All hail Poseidon!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Conrad Clough 11 years ago
All hail Poseidon! Indeed
Comment icon #17 Posted by Batfastard 11 years ago
When you consider the opportunity and power God had to really do a job, and look at the stupid ugly mess He made of things instead, the sheer incompetence is almost staggering!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Time Spy 11 years ago
When you consider the opportunity and power God had to really do a job, and look at the stupid ugly mess He made of things instead, the sheer incompetence is almost staggering! God created the world perfect, and mankind as well. Free will was the choice Adam and Eve made to screw up the entire world and the future of humanity as well. God didn't want it that way. He just let's us keep making our own mistakes, not to mention. Death doesn't exist on other worlds, and a hundred and twenty years is just a drop in the bucket compared to eternity, even if realizing this doens't ease any pain now. It... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by ~C.S.M~ 11 years ago
cant stop thinking of the famous movie series of the unfortunate ship Poseidon.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Abramelin 11 years ago
God created the world perfect, and mankind as well. Free will was the choice Adam and Eve made to screw up the entire world and the future of humanity as well. God didn't want it that way. He just let's us keep making our own mistakes, not to mention. Death doesn't exist on other worlds, and a hundred and twenty years is just a drop in the bucket compared to eternity, even if realizing this doens't ease any pain now. It's hard to understand why the mess remains on this planet. I know, I don't get it either. However, blaming God will not change or help anything, today, That much I can tell you ... [More]


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