#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 25, 2020

Hodie est a.d. VIII Kal. Apr. 2772 AUC ~ 2 Elaphebolion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Severus Alexander was an emperor who spent much of his reign at war, but he was ill-suited to it and would likely have preferred to be elsewhere. His main enemy was the Sasanians, an empire that rose out of the ashes of the Parthians, and would be a leading regional power for the next 400 years. Guest: Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

On this episode of the podcast, Rafael Castro, an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues explain why some of the weather and atmospheric effects recorded in ancient Roman poetry seem to describe symptoms of a large volcanic eruption, an environmental disaster that likely exacerbated the impacts of war and contributed to widespread starvation. They think the mysterious eruption is consistent with an event at Mount Etna, a famous volcano in the Roman province of Sicilia (now Sicily), in February of 44 BCE.

Today we’re going to move from the early 4th century into the early 5th century, from the end of Constantine’s reign to the devolution of Roman authority in Gaul. From Constantine’s death to the fall of the Western Roman Empire the Franks and Romans were involved in a long process where the former replaced the latter, as a people and as leaders, as Gaul transformed into the new Francia…

The biggest battle of the war so far has the gods themselves being drawn into the war, fighting over the fate of the sacred city of Troy

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the beginning of new business among the common folk.

… 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)