During last night's Zoom meeting, it came up that Horace saw lightening during the daytime, and this was the cause of his return to believing in the gods (hope I am remembering this correctly).
Joshua, what was your story of the explanation of why lightening could not be of the gods?
Then I was thinking further that maybe Horace saw a flash from a meteorite (and so had an experience similar to the conversion of the Apostle Paul).
Possibly this was an area in natural physics which was not understood. Does Lucretius mention anything about meteorites?
And I found this interesting article:
Scientists Didn't Believe in Meteorites Until 1803
The l'Aigle meteorite fall involved more than 3,000 pieces of rock and numerous witnesses, and it changed everything