74 BC, in the Roman state of Phrygia, Galatia. According to a man named Plutarch, a Roman
army commanded by Lucullus was about to begin a battle with Mithridates VI of Pontus
when �all on a sudden, the sky burst
asunder, and a huge, flame-like body was seen to fall
between the two armies. In shape, it was most like a wine-jar, and in colour, like molten
silver.� Plutarch reports the shape of the object as like a wine-jar (pithos). The apparently
silvery object was reported by both armies.