In the 20th Book of Homer's Odyssey, a minor character, Theoclymenus, exclaims to Penelope's drunken suitors:
"Ah, unfortunate men, what horror is this that has happened?
Shrouded in night are faces and heads. To the knees it descendeth.
See, too, crowded with ghosts is the porch, and crowded the court,
Hurrying down the darkness of Erebus.
Out of the Heaven
Withered and gone is the sun, and a poisonous mist is arising."
If such a state of affairs came to pass today we should say, "Ah, an eclipse." British astronomers have, according to despatches last week, determined that the only total solar eclipse visible from Ithaca, home...