Out of place narrative: The case of UFOs in antiquity
“Nothing in the universe is unique and alone and therefore in other regions there must be other earths inhabited by different tribes of men and breeds of beasts.” – , 1st century BCE.
Content in a flash
- Flaring objects in the sky – A brief introduction to the UFO sightings in antiquity;
- Tulli Papyrus – A copy of a lost papyrus may unlock the door to the first ever documented UFO sighting in history in ancient Egypt;
- Wine-Jar UFO – A blazing flying object was witnessed by two opposing armies at the time of the Roman empire;
- Ab Urbe Condita Libri: Ships in the sky – A series of unidentified and flaring objects in the sky have been observed and described as “ships” by popular Roman historians; Were UFO with us since the beginning of our history?
1. Flaring objects in the sky
To do this we need to abandon old prejudices and accept that the veiled is revealed. Thousands of ancient literary testimonies from all over the world tell us stories from the past that cannot leave us indifferent simply because official historiography, not knowing what to say, considers them invented fables.
Unfortunately these records are often read by the most skeptics from a blind position of denial that rejects any hypothesis, further analysis or study concerning the extraterrestrial hypothesis.
A subset of these “out of place” narratives are reports and stories of UFO sightings across ancient history which seems to be truly peppered with distance encounters with unidentified objects or entities. These, in fact, have been verbalized in almost every century since the beginning of known history.
Throughout antiquity unidentified flying objects have been noticed and duly reported, leaving a long series of unanswered question marks. Were UFO with us since the beginning of our history?
Below we have listed only some of the most popular UFO sightings in ancient history.
Where best to start this list than potentially the very first UFO ever documented by humans, at least among the first ones to be documented? We are in ancient Egypt, during the 18th dynasty, during the reign of , around 1480 BC.
In an open field, indigenous people see a flying object appear from the sky. Its size was of 5 meter in length and 5 meter in width (one “rod” equals approximately 5 meters) and was emitting smoke (?!)from the front. The locals throw themselves to the ground in awe and warn the pharaoh. In the days that follow, more similar flying objects swarm the area to the point of filling the sky. Finally, before leaving by vertically flying away, fishes and birds fall dead to the ground.
The validity of the source is however, debated. The original papyrus, written in has been lost and what remains is just a copy of such papyrus translated by Alberto Tulli, director of the Egyptian section of the Vatican museum at the time. Alberto Tulli found the original in a shop, thought it was too expensive to purchase and made a copy which he then proceeded to translate later. When he realized the actual revolutionary content of the papyrus, it was too late to retrieve the original. One of the experts who assisted Alberto Tulli in the final translation of his copy from hieroglyphs to English was R. Cedric Leonard who provided, in our opinion, the clearest version of it:
“In the year 22, of the third month of winter, sixth hour of the day […] among the scribes of the House of Life it was found that a strange Fiery Disk was coming in the sky. It had no head. The breath of its mouth emitted a foul odor. Its body was one rod in length and one rod in width. It had no voice. It came toward His Majesty’s house. Their heart became confused through it, and they fell upon their bellies. They [went] to the king, to report it. His Majesty [ordered that] the scrolls [located] in the House of Life be consulted. His Majesty meditated on all these events which were now going on.
After several days had passed, they became more numerous in the sky than ever. They shined in the sky more than the brightness of the sun, and extended to the limits of the four supports of heaven […] Powerful was the position of the Fiery Disks.
The army of the King looked on, with His Majesty in their midst. It was after the evening meal when the Disks ascended even higher in the sky to the south. Fish and other volatiles rained down from the sky: a marvel never before known since the foundation of the country. And His Majesty caused incense to be brought to appease the heart of Amun-Re, the god of the Two Lands. And it was [ordered] that the event [be recorded for] His Majesty in the Annals of the House of Life [to be remembered] for ever”.
3. Wine-Jar UFO
, the renowned Greek Platonist philosopher, essayist and historian, describes a peculiar event occurred on a battlefield in Phrygia, Asia. The year is 74 BC and a Roman army commanded by Lucius Licinius Lucullus is about to clash against Mithridates VI of Pontus’ army when…
“all of a sudden, the sky burned in many places, and an enormous body like a flame was seen falling between the two armies. The shape was similar to a wine jar, and in color, it was like molten silver. ”
As we have reflected in our , human beings use words they know to describe objects they are not familiar with. Seen from below, a spaceship of circular or elliptical shape is highly likely to be associated with a wine jar, perhaps placed horizontally.
The silver object in the sky had been recorded by both armies, thousands of people.Moreover more historians with conflicting interests and points of view managed to agree on this event.
All in all considered, this episode alone should suffice to prove alien visits in our past. But we are just getting warm.
4.: Ships in the sky
was a Roman historian who lived between 59 BC and 17 AD. He worked his entire life on one single work: . In it, he aimed at reporting the history of the Roman empire in his entirety, until his days.
He narrowly failed to complete his work and therefore the history he covered goes from 753 BC, the foundation of Rome, until the death of a prominent politician, Druso, in 9 BC. The fruit of his life long dedication is made up of 142 books: a truly titanic effort.
The “Ab Urbe Condita Libri” is therefore an encyclopedia of historical events that occurred during the hegemony of the most extended political and social structure in western civilization of its time: the Roman empire.
In it, Titus Livius also reports astonishing phenomena concerning flying objects.
- 217 BC – Italy: “shields had appeared in the sky”
From this event stems the legend of Mars shield. In fact, one of the shields observed in the sky fell to the ground. Such shield was collected and preciously safeguarded. Eleven copies were made in order to confuse potential thieves.
Apart from this, the historian records a whole series of miraculous or paranormal events that leave room, to say the least, for the UFO hypothesis.
Titus Livius says:
“Men’s fears were augmented by the prodigies reported simultaneously from many places: that in Sicily the javelins of several soldiers had taken fire, and that in Sardinia, as a horseman was making the round of the night-watch, the same thing had happened to the truncheon which he held in his hand; many fires had blazed up on the shore; certain soldiers had been struck with lightning; the sun’s disk had seemed to be contracted;
glowing stones had fallen from the sky at Praeneste; at Arpi shields had appeared in the sky and the sun had seemed to be fighting with the moon; at Capena two moons had risen in the daytime; that at Falerii the sky had seemed to be rent as it were with a great fissure; and through the opening a bright light had shone; at Capua there had been the appearance of a sky on fire and of a moon that fell in the midst of a shower of rain.”
212 BC – Rieti, Italy : “a large stone was seen hovering in the sky”
In the , the historian reports the following:
“On Mount Albano, for two days uninterruptedly, stones rained down; many places were struck by lightning; in Cumae, a wall and some towers were not only struck by lightning but also knocked down; in Rieti a large stone was seen hovering in the sky and the sun appeared more red than usual, similar in color to blood”
- 218BC – Picenum, Italy: “ phantom ships had been seen gleaming in the sky; ”
- 173BC – Lanuvio, Italy:
“The Qur’an actually is very opened to the possibility that many earths do exist, because the first chapter of the Qur’an says“”Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds” and uses the word ālamīna(الْعَالَمِينَ )“universes”, the plural form, so there could be many universes and many worlds” –