#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 1, 2020

Hodie est Kal. Mai. 2772 AUC ~ 9 Mounichion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Ridley Scott’s Gladiator premiered on the 1st May 2000, and to mark the 20th anniversary David and Jay look back on the box-office smash, multi-award winner and cultural phenomenon. They discuss The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), on which Gladiator was based, recreating Rome for the 21st century, whether was Commodus really that bad, what connects Maximus to George Bush Jr, the inspiration by Hans Zimmer’s score, and if Hollywood is ready to make a film with an African emperor…

Cleopatra, the last great queen of Egypt, doesn’t really need an introduction. You can see her in your mind already: Pretty and sultry with her cat-eye makeup, covered head to toe in shiny gold. Extravagant, self-serving: this epic seductress used every magic trick in her lady arsenal to hold onto power. That’s the Cleopatra the ancient Romans want us to see. The truth is that few women’s stories have been more brutally revised by sexist haters. Who was Cleopatra, beyond the smoke and hate and glitter …

Alia

‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it signifies a fleeing of the common people and a loss of honour.

… 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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