#Thelxinoe ~ Weekend Edition for December 15, 2019

Hodie est XVIII Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 19 Poseideion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Synopsis: A Syrian man from Apamea, enslaved on the island of Sicily, renames himself King Antiochus and launches the first large-scale slave rebellion against the Roman Republic.

We are delighted to interview Korshi Dosoo, a papyrologist who not only knows what’s in the Greek Magical Papyri (all manner of texts of ritual power from various parts of Egypt, dating from the first to the fourth centuries CE), but knows the history of the texts before they became the PGM corpus, the history surrounding Preisendantz and the formation of the corpus, and even the history of the corpus itself within western esotericism.

We discuss how the corpus was first put together, and the various textual iterations since…

How does a 24 year old kid, who’s never even been on a battlefield, let alone lead an army to victory, get declared “imperator”? How would you handle it if you were granted ius arbitriumque omnium rerum (‘power and authority over all things’) and declared princeps legibus solutus (a princeps not bound by the laws)? Would you be able to handle it?

We know we wouldn’t. Who would we have killed? Find out on this episode.

Quid video hodie pulcherrimum?

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends that many will head out for war, but few will return.

… 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)