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329 BC: Alexander the Great records two great ‘flying shields’

Alexander the Great from the famous ancient mosaic

Alexander the Great from the famous ancient mosaic

Source: Bruno Mancusi, UFO Updates mailing list, Apr. 18, 2003 Original Source

Alexander the Great records two great silver shields, spitting fire around the rims in the sky that dived repeatedly at his army as they were attempting a river crossing. The action so panicked his elephants, horses, and men they had to abandon the river crossing until the following day.

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UFO researcher Bruno Mancusi, in a posting on the UFO Updates mailing list from April 18, 2003, gives the following references to this event. These references were discovered by him and Macedonian historian Aleksander Donski. Mancusi writes:

I had an e-mails exchange in 2001 with a Macedonian historian,

Aleksandar Donski, about this tale. We found the following

references:

1. Frank Edwards, ‘Stranger than science‘, Pan, London 1963, p.

198 (1st US edition: 1959):

Alexander the Great was not the first to see them nor was he the

first to find them troublesome. He tells of two strange craft

that dived repeatedly at his army until the war elephants, the

men, and the horses all panicked and refused to cross the river

where the incident occurred. What did the things look like? His

historian describes them as great shining silvery shields,

spitting fire around the rims… things that came from the skies

and returned to the skies.”

Unfortunately, there is no reference.

2. Alberto Fenoglio, “Cronistoria su oggetti volanti del passato

- Appunti per una clipeostoria”, ‘Clypeus’ #9, 1st Semester

1966, p. 7 (See English translation by Drake below) :

“L’assedio di Tiro

Durante l’assedio di Tiro nell’anno 332 a. C. sono stati notati

degli strani oggetti volanti. Giovanni Gustavo Droysen nella sua

opera “Storia di Alessandro il Grande” volutamente non lo cita,

ritenendolo parto di fantasia dei soldati macedoni.

La fortezza non cedeva, le sue mura verso terra erano alte una

quindicina di metri e costruite cos=EC solidamente che nessuna

macchina d’assedio era in grado di danneggiarle. I tirii

disponevano dei pi=F9 grandi tecnici e costruttori di macchine da

guerra del tempo e intercettavano per aria le frecce incendiarie

ed i proiettili scagliati dalle catapulte sulla citt=E0.

Un giorno, all’improvviso, comparvero sul campo macedone i

misteriosi oggetti; questi scudi volanti, come erano stati

battezzati, procedevano in formazione a triangolo con in testa

uno molto grosso; gli altri erano pi=F9 piccoli di circa la met=E0.

In tutto erano cinque. Narra l’ignoto cronista che girarono

lentamente su Tiro, mentre migliaia di guerrieri delle due

fazioni stavano a guardarli stupiti. Ad un tratto, dal pi=F9

grosso degli “scudi”, part=EC come un lampo che colp=EC un tratto

delle mura e queste si sbriciolarono, altri lampi seguirono e

mura e torri, come se fossero solo state costruite di fango, si

dissolsero, lasciando via libera agli assedianti che si

rovesciarono come una valanga dalle brecce. Gli “scudi volanti”

volteggiarono sulla citt=E0, finch=E8 non venne completamente

espugnata, poi velocissimamente sparirono in alto, confondendosi

in breve con l’azzurro del cielo.”

(See English translation by Drake below.) No reference, too.

3. Gordon Creighton, “A new FSR catalogue – The effects of UFOs

on Animals, Birds and smaller creatures – Part 1″, Flying Saucer

Review, vol. 16, No. 1, Jan-Feb 1970, pp. 26-28:

THE CATALOGUE-(i) B.C. TO 1946 A.D.

1. Middle East (_Reign of Alexander the Great_, 356-323 B.C.) A

historian of the reign of Alexander the Great allegedly tells of

two strange craft that dived repeatedly at his army, until the

war elephants, the men, and all the horses panicked and refused

to cross the river where the incident occurred… The historian

describes the objects as “great shining silvery shields,

spitting fire around the rims… things that came from the skies

and returned to the skies.” Frank Edwards: ‘Stranger Than

science‘ (See notes.) (Pan Books, London), p. 198.

The notes are on p. 28:

NOTES

Case 1: This story has been related by Frank Edwards as well as

by other writers, but so far I have seen no indication as to

_which_ classical author is responsible for it. It certainly

_sounds_ good… _se non =E8 vero =E8 ben trovato_. I hope that if

there is a Greek or Latin text somebody can tell me where to

find it. Meanwhile, let us keep the story as a fine

introduction… ”

As usual, Creighton wrote a very good commentary.

4. W. Raymond Drake, ‘Gods and Spacemen in Greece and Rome’,

Sphere, London 1976, pp. 115-116:

“Frank Edwards, the noted American UFO reporter, quoting some

source unfortunately not disclosed, states ‘Intelligent beings

from outer Space may already be looking us over.’ He exasperates

us by claiming

‘Alexander the Great was not the first to see them nor was he

the first to find them troublesome. He tells of two strange

craft that dived repeatedly at his army until the war elephants,

the men, and the horses all panicked and refused to cross the

river where the incident occurred. What did the things look

like? His historian describes them as great shining silvery

shields, spitting fire around the rims… things that came from

the skies and returned to the skies.’119

This remarkable incident was apparently paralleled by an equally

fantastic visitation during the Siege of Tyre by Alexander in

332 BC. Quoting Giovanni Gustavo Droysens Storia di Alessandro

il Grande, the erudite Italian Alberto Fenoglio, writes in

CLYPEUS Anno 111, No 2, a startling revelation which we now

translate

‘The fortress would not yeld, its walls were fifty feet high and

constructed so solidly that no siege-engine was able to damage

it. The Tyrians disposed of the greatest technicians and

builders of war-machines of the time and they intercepted in the

air the incendiary arrows and projectiles hurled by the

catapults on the city.

One day suddenly there appeared over the Macedonian camp these

“flying shields”, as they had been called, which flew in

triangular formation led by an exceedingly large one, the others

were smaller by almost a half. In all there were five. The

unknown chronicler narrates that they circled slowly over Tyre

while thousands of warriors on both sides stood and watched them

in astonishment. Suddenly from the largest “shield” came a

lightning-flash that struck the walls, these crumbled, other

flashes followed and walls and towers dissolved, as if they had

been built of mud, leaving the way open for the besiegers who

poured like an avalanche through the breeches. The “flying

shields” hovered over the city until it was completely stormed

then they very swiftly disappeared aloft, soon melting into the

blue sky.’120″

Strangely, Drake interpreted Edwards (ref. 119) and Fenoglio

(120) versions as two different cases! And he didn’t understand

that Fenoglio DOESN’T quote Droysen.

5. There are also some websites like

http://www.ufon.org.uk/ufo_history.html

(this link seems to doesn’t work anymore):

“329 BC:

Alexander the Great, via his historians: told of 2 strange

objects in the sky that dived repeatedly at his army as they

were attempting a river crossing. (Jaxartes River). The action

so panicked his elephants, horses, and men they had to abandon

the river crossing until the following day. They were described

as great silver shields, spitting fire around the rims.

Contributed by Thon”

There are two new informations here: year 329 BC (not 332) and

the name of the river. According to Donski, this name (Jaxartes)

is correct, but “our” battle might happened near the river

Indus. And always no reference given…

So this story remains very dubious.