Hodie est a.d.  VII Kal. Sextilies (Augustas) 2772 AUC ~  25 Hekatombaion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Sermo Raedarius 98: de scholis parandis sine bonis libris pars altera: quid agendum sit de locis iam bene notis.

For over two and a half thousand years the Ancient Greek Spartans have been known for their military might, discipline and self-sacrifice. Recent popular culture has portrayed them as the ultimate fearless warriors, especially ‘the 300’ Spartans who fought to the death at Thermopylae. But where does this image come from, and what do we really know about Spartan society and the peculiar utopia it tried to create? The city-state of Sparta has been admired for its stability, frugality, and the unusual social and sexual freedom of its women. But Sparta was also famous for its brutality towards its huge slave population, its authoritarian rule, and its policy of racial purity and eugenics that would eventually prove its undoing

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If there is any thunder today, after abundant crops, there will be famine. [apologies; I was a day ahead yesterday; yesterday should have been about bad things happening to young people and disease hitting crops]

… adapted from the translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)

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