Hodie est  IV Kal. Nov. 2772 AUC ~ 2 Poseideion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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One of the other first things Caligula did when he took power was to release Herod Agrippa from jail – King Herod from the New Testament. The grandson of Herod the Great. Which all gives me an excuse to talk about The Maccabean Revolt and a short history on Judaean politics from 169 BCE to Caligula.

Welcome to a day in the life of an ancient Roman matrona. In Part 3 of our exploration of a Roman woman’s day, we go out into the streets, taking in the Coliseum, the Forum, and the famous Roman baths. We’ll also go to a dinner party, then talk about sexuality in ancient Rome and what kinds of medical care we can expect to find… Thanks to our Rome expert guests Dr. Rhiannon Evans, main guest on the podcast Emperors of Rome, and Dr. Rad and Dr. G of The Partial Historians.

Alia

‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends improving conditions for the lower classes, but the anticipated fruit harvest will be destroyed.

… 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)

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