#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 8, 2020

Hodie est a.d. VIII Id. Mai. 2772 AUC ~ 16 Mounichion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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In this episode of ClassiCasts, Dr. Overholt speaks with current College of Charleston students and classics majors Jules Riddle and MC Manning about their experience at CofC and their thoughts about the field.

In this podcast Jean is joined by fellow ancient history and fantasy/sci-fi fan to talk about the paralels between mythology, ancient history and their favourite books. Jill delves deep into the legends of J.R.R Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth, highlighting some major comparisons with Greek mythology. George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series turns out to resemble the Roman empire. The hosts demonstrate how J. K. Rowling threaded classics throughout Harry Potter’s characters and spells. And the mythological inspiration behind The Hunger Games turns out to involve a Minotaur. Discover all of this and more in detail in this week’s episode.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it is a bad omen for the common people.

… 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)