My reference to Unidentified Sailing Objects was intended to give historical perspective to Unidentified Flying Objects.
Mysterious aerial apparitions have been seen for centuries, apparitions like the Fata Morgana, and Ezekiel's famous one. List of reported UFO sightings - Wikipedia
notes apparitions described by Livy (The History of Rome, Book 21, Chapter 62), Plutarch (Lucullus, 8.6, on Perseus), Josephus (War of the Jews Book VI, sect. 296 (Ch. 5, par. 3)), the Shepherd of Hermas's author, and Cassius Dio.
Livy: "an appearance of ships had shone forth from the sky"
Josephus: "there appeared in the air over the whole country chariots and armed troops coursing through the clouds, surrounding the cities"
According to 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.
To me, that's rather obviously a meteorite fall. Some meteorites are light-colored, like this one: An October 1933 Witnessed Fall: Pesyanoe, Russia | Meteorite Times Magazine
The Shepherd of Hermas:
On a sunny day near the Via Campana, a road connecting Rome and Capua, a single witness, probably Hermas the brother of Pope Pius I, saw "a 'beast' like a piece of pottery (ceramos) about 100 feet in size, multicolored on top and shooting out fiery rays, landed in a dust cloud, accompanied by a "maiden" clad in white. Vision 4.1-3. in The Shepherd of Hermas.