#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 3, 2020

Hodie est a.d. III Non. Apr. 2772 AUC ~ 11 Elaphebolion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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THEY SAY THAT POISON IS A WOMAN’S WEAPON OF CHOICE.But these days, it isn’t a very popular weapon. A Washington Post article used the FBI’s Supplemental Homicide Report to show that way more men commit murder than women, and poison is the sixth most common way for a woman to kill. But still, there is this pervasive connection between women and poison: that silent killer that doesn’t require brute strength, but a devious and, some say, womanly cunning. When mysterious deaths happen, it’s often blamed on women and their lethal concoctions: rat poison in the pie, arsenic in the wine. And sometimes that’s what really happened.

But plenty of women from history have been poisoned, too. They flirted with death every day, even if they didn’t know it, dousing themselves in dangerous cosmetics and hair products; wrapping themselves in poisonous clothing, caving to the pressure to look young and beautiful, only to have it be the death of them.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends profit from imported grain supplies.

… 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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