#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 19, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XIV Kal. Iun. 2772 AUC ~ 27 Mounichion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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We’re baaack! We’ve been hearing a lot about heroes in the news lately and it’s got us thinking. The word’s being used to describe doctors, nurses, paramedics, delivery people, truck drivers, and grocery store workers– all the people who are keeping our society going through the COVID-19 pandemic. But what do we really mean when we call someone a hero? Do our heroes today resemble the heroes of myth? Or are we using the label “hero” to escape societal responsibilities?

In Part 1, we saw Cleopatra grow up in Alexandria amid luxury, excess, and the threat of death by family member. When her pharaoh father fled Egypt, she went with him, experiencing Rome for the very first time. Years later, he did something unfortunate: he left Egypt to Cleopatra AND her annoying brother Ptolemy XIII, and then he ALSO put them under Rome’s guardianship. She ruled well, but her brother conspired against her. Now Cleo’s a 21-year-old exile. How will she find her way back to greatness?

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends that someone will be raised to the height of good fortune with the approval of the citizens.

… 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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