#Thelxinoe ~ Classical Conversation Starters ~ February 14, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XVI Id. Mart. 2772 AUC ~ 21Gamelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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750 – 550 BCE – For a couple of centuries, the people of the Greek poleis all jumped into their boats and scattered in all directions.  Where were they going?  What were they doing?  Why were they doing it?

She wove such fine wool; she kept such a fine house; she was so very chaste and never made her father look bad! They weren’t welcome in the public sphere of governance. They couldn’t vote or hold office. Theirs was a distinctly patriarchal world, true fame and public achievement was supposed to be reserved for men. 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in a society that coveted public glory, ambitious women found their way into the history books too, even if just in scraps and unflattering snatches. The tales we get of their lives come from male writers with their own agendas and prejudices, who treat them as cautionary tales and side stories as they write about important men. But when you read between the lines, we find women who stepped out from behind the shadows of their husbands and fathers to grasp real power and influence…

In this episode, we discuss the years 415-414 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the Athenian attempt at blockading Syracuse, the death of Lamachos, the tactical blunders of Nikias, the arrival of Gylippus, and the “Birds” of Aristophanes

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it threatens a loss of offspring and an outbreak of poisonous reptiles.

… 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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