Tuesday, May 7, 2013

About Eternal Flames

Most Americans are familiar with the eternal flame that burns in front of the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's grave.
There were also eternal flames which existed in antiquity.
When the tomb of Pallas, which was located near Rome was opened in 1401, a perpetual light, which had been burning for hundreds of years was found. Pallas was the son of Evander who was written about in the Aeneid.
Saint Augustine(354-430 A.D.) described a perpetual light which could not be extinguished by rain or wind.
The king of Rome, Numa Pompilius had a perpetual light in his temple.
It is not known what technology allowed these lights to burn perpetually.

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