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The Gaugamela battle eclipse: An archaeoastronomical analysis

  title={The Gaugamela battle eclipse: An archaeoastronomical analysis},
  author={V. F. Polcaro and G. Valsecchi and Lorenzo Verderame},
  journal={Mediterranean Archaeology \& Archaeometry},
A total lunar eclipse occurred during the night preceding the decisive Battle of Gaugamela (20th September 331 BCE), when the Macedonian army, led by Alexander the Great, finally defeated the Persian king Darius and his army. This astronomical event, well known to historians, had a relevant role on the battle outcome. The eclipse was described in detail by Babylonian astronomers, though, unfortunately, the text of their report has only partially been preserved. We have reconstructed the… Expand

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