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My letter to the editor from April 9, 2001 (continued):

Red rock crab, Fernandina, Galapagos
Red rock crab, Fernandina, Galapagos

Since Aratos created a more modern star map in a new astronomical teaching poem in the third century B.C., Homer was understood above all as the poet of two heroic epics, but Lucian still knew in the second century A.D. that the love adventure of Aphrodite and Ares (Odyssey 8, 266 – 366) referred to the conjunction of the planets Venus and Mars in the starry sky (Lucian, Astrology 22).

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