#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 25, 2020

Hodie est a.d. VII Kal Quint. 2772 AUC ~ 5 Skirophorion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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From a greater focus on Black history and poetry to classics in state school classrooms and an understanding of the history of science. Rana Mitter and guests debate the syllabus. [Edith Hall among the guests] 

Rebecca Langlands on lessons learnt in the only known ancient Roman brothel; Caroline Moorehead reviews Elena Ferrante’s latest novel; Rory Waterman reads a new poem, “Defences” (“‘Crikey!’ you say. ‘It’s gorgeous!’…”)

What did it take to be a gladiator? Who ended up in the arena, and why? And how did the gladiatorial games—one of the bloodiest sporting events known in the ancient world—come to be? From the ancient roots of Etruscan funeral games to the height of Roman spectacle, we examine the history of gladiatorial combat—and explore what life was like for gladiators in the time of Spartacus.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Hannah Arendt who examined totalitarianism and politics and, when covering the Eichmann trial, explored ‘the banality of evil’.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends wars and all sorts of bad things.

… 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)