#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for July 1, 2020

Hodie est Kal Quint. 2772 AUC ~ 10 Skirophorion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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John Bracey, aka @magisterbracey on Twitter, is a Latin teacher in Massachusetts teaching Latin using the Comprehensible Input technique.. He has an MA in Classics from Boston College and in 2016 he was named Latin Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. He leads workshops for teachers around the US on language teaching. He has written in Eidolon about his experience trying to get hired as a Black Latin teacher and why students of color don’t take Latin.

John J. Miller is joined by Spencer Klavan to discuss Aeschylus’s The Persians.

This week, curator Kenneth Lapatin dives into a new world through Roman carved gem that features Aeneas fleeing Troy.

In this story, young Curtius Rufus is about to give up on a political career as he’s surrounded by rumours and prejudice, when an African spirit appears to him with a positive message… This story is told by both Pliny the Younger (Letters, 7.27) and Tacitus (Annals, 11.20-21) though Pliny is rather kinder to both the spirit and to Rufus than Tacitus is! Followed by a discussion looking at race and ethnicity in the Roman world.Content warning: racism, ableism, abortion.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends abundance, but a destruction of flocks.

… 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)