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disbander-of-armies:

demigodgooglesearches:

lastjedie:

Super blue blood moon rises behind Parthenon, in Athens January 2018

how the fuck did the ancients react to this without thinking the gods were pissed

Well, they did see it as a bad omen. For example, in 413 BCE the Athenians were making war on Syracuse (called the Sicilian Expedition) and after a while it was looking very bad for them so they decided to leave. But then, a lunar eclipse occured which convinced the soldiers and the general Nicias, advised by the seers, to wait another 27 days. This turned out to be a very bad decision because this gave the Syracusians time to attack them again and basically destroy them. (Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War VII 50)