#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 12, 2020

Hodie est a.d. IV Id. Mart. 2772 AUC ~ 18 Anthesterion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Severus Alexander was a young boy when he came to power in Rome in 222CE, in the wake of the death of his unpopular cousin, Elagabalus. He would reign for 13 years but struggle to assert authority, bringing the once proud Severan dynasty to a chaotic ending. Guest: Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

We had the very great pleasure to sit down with Emeritus Professor Edwin Judge to discuss his latest publication The Failure of Augustus: Essays on the Interpretation of a Paradox (2019).

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends danger for a powerful politician or general and on his behalf, battles will be fought and wild beasts will attack humans.

… 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)