#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 17, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal Quint. 2772 AUC ~ 27 Thargelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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The Roman client king Herod (c. 73-4 BCE) ruled Judea for thirty years. Learn about his rule, and the political and religious climate of Judea just before the birth of Christ.

This week, curator David Saunders reflects on how a painted vase from the 6th century BCE that shows Ajax and Achilles playing board games helps him make sense of his work-from-home life.

Vindolanda was an auxiliary Roman fort, just south of Hadrian’s wall in the province of Britannia. It has gained significance as an archaeological site, for what we can learn about the military and the lives of everyday Romans. Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)


‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it should thunder today, it portends periods of burning heat and destruction by mice, moles, and locusts. At the same time, it portends abundance and criminal deaths among the 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)