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Orion Sightings

  • Astronomy by Hesiod 800BC - 700BC

    Only fragments of this ancient text exist, but one of them gives you the low down on Orion.

  • The Odyssey by Homer 801BC - 601BC

    In this epic poem, Odysseus has an Orion sighting when he swings by the Underworld to consult with the seer, Tiresias.

  • The Library of History by Diodorus Siculus 100BC - 2BC

    Diodorus claims in his ancient poem that Orion was the biggest, strongest hero of all time. (We wonder what Heracles would have to say about that.)

  • Metamorphoses by Ovid 2

    Orion gets a few shout-outs (mostly as a constellation) in this collection of ancient poems.

  • The Library by Apollodorus 99 - 199

    Yup, Orion can walk on water. At least that's what Apollodorus says in this ancient text.

  • L'Orione by Francesco Cavelli 1653

    Orion gets caught up in a love triangle with Artemis and Eos in this opera.

  • Orion by Ben Bova 1984

    In this series of science fiction novels, Orion is reinvented as an eternal warrior fighting against a dark enemy through time and space. (Sounds cool.)

  • Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass 2002

    Blind Orion appears in an opera within an opera, where his searching for the sun is used as a metaphor for modern science.

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