Unidentified flying objects being seen in our skies is said to date back as far as Ancient Egypt, but another early report was when UFOs were spotted in Italy in 218BC.
In the case of Ancient Egypt, fiery discs were reported in the skies around 1440BC by Pharaoh Thutmose III, who was the sixth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty.
Fast forwarding 1,222 years and another UFO case was reported in Italy’s city of Rome. As with the first ever reported UFO in ancient Egypt, there is very little information on the reports from the 218BC UFO in Rome, Italy.
What we do know is that a Roman historian named Titus Livius, more commonly known as Livy (likely the English translation), recorded a number of prophecies in the winter of 218BC, including vanadium speciem de caelo adfulsisse (“phantom ships had been seen gleaming in the sky”).
The source of this information is said to be the Ab Urbe Condita Libri, which in English translates to ”[Books] from the Founding of the City”. The book is a history of ancient Rome which was originally written in Latin between 27BC and 9BC, by Livy.
Though this is the only source of the 218BC Rome UFO in Italy, it’s become a credible date in Ufology for one of the first ever UFO sightings in history. There were obviously not planes, rockets or aerial technology during that time, so if the reports are true, it arouses the question of what they were if not vehicles from an advanced extra-terrestrial civilization.