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Orion Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

Astronomy by Hesiod

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

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Odyssey by Homer

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


Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

The Library of History by Diodorus Siculus

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.)

Dec 20, 2019

Metamorphoses by Ovid

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

Dec 20, 0099 - Dec 20, 0199

The Library by Apollodorus

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

Dec 20, 2019

L'Orione by Francesco Cavelli

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

Dec 20, 1984

Orion by Ben Bova

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.)

Dec 20, 2019

Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass

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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