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Why Does The Ancient Greek World Matter in Pirates of the Caribbean?

2 Jun

 

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
(* returning from a much needed break; spoiler alert)

By now, most people will have seen the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Man Tell No Tales. The references to mythical Greek figures (Calypso was the first) throughout the series are prominent because they are more familiar to audiences than other ancient culture’s attempt to sail the seas (discoveries in Egypt notwithstanding). Not every viewer may be aware the group of stars astronomer Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) was looking at to locate Poseidon’s Trident is Orion’s Belt. The middle star shows where South is and “the sword” that hangs below it does not always indicate where a lost island lays (as suggested in her book).

This constellation is one of three guides sailors used in the early days to navigate by. The other two are Ursa Major (the Great Bear) and Cassiopeia. Technically, there is a fourth, Crux, the Southern Cross for those sailing in the southern hemisphere.

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