#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for the Weekend of February 29/March 1, 2020

Hodie est Kal. Mart. 2772 AUC ~ 7 Anthesterion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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In this month’s episode, the Tyrant Periander needs a favour from his dead wife, but she may not be in an obliging mood… This story has been adapted from Herodotus 5.92. It’s followed by a short talk introducing Herodotus, ancient colours, and oracles of the dead.

The city-state of Carthage , founded by Phoenician settlers in modern Tunisia during the 9th century B.C., was a premier power of the western Mediterranean. Stretching their reach from North Africa into Spain, Sicily and Sardinia, the Carthaginians managed to establish a formidable economic empire thanks to their nautical prowess, eventually leading to their clash for dominance with the up-and-coming Roman Republic. In this episode, we will trace Carthage from its foundation to the 1st Punic War, and look at issues such as its government, human sacrifice, and its complicated relationship with the Greco-Roman world.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an entire year of strife and disagreements.

… 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)