#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for October 17, 2019

Hodie est a.d. XVI Kal. Nov. 2772 AUC ~ 19 Pyanepsion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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It’s c. 460 BCE and this hectic year in Roman history continues! In this episode we consider Rome in the wake of the sneak attack on the Capitol by Herdonius’ disaffected Sabines. During the challenges of wrestling control back, the Romans lose one of their own. The consul Publius Valerius Pubicola falls in battle. This is a tragic loss and opens the way for Lucius Cincinnatus to return to the narrative. Episode 98 – Cincinnatus,…

Shakespeare wrote about them. Hollywood glamorized them. For thousands of years, they’ve come down to us as the ultimate star-crossed lovers: the Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra, and the Roman commander Marc Antony. In the wake of Caesar’s death, Cleopatra fled to Egypt–and began picking up the pieces. Meanwhile, Marc Antony defeated Caesar’s assassins in battle, and then set his sights on invading Parthia. But to invade Parthia, he needed the money and support of Rome’s richest client ruler: Cleopatra. And Cleopatra had an agenda, too: she needed another Roman protector to shore up her power in Egypt…

From painted cave temples in China to pyramids in Egypt to earthen cathedrals in Peru, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) works globally to conserve artworks, architecture, and cultural heritage sites. An integral part of this effort is conducting scientific research, developing tools and educating and training professionals to manage conservation projects in situ. In this episode, John E. and Louise Bryson Director of the GCI, Tim Whalen, discusses past initiatives as well as what the future holds for the institution.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends good fortune for a rich man and for men who are high born.

… adapted from the text and 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)