#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 3, 2020

Hodie est a.d. III Non. Sext. 2772 AUC ~ 15 Hekatombaion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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The conquest of the Achaemenid Persian Empire by Alexander the Great and his Successors did not spell the end of Iranian civilization. During the early Hellenistic period, several Iranian dynasties manage to establish themselves as  independent rulers in their own right, propagating and transforming Iranian traditions and cultures in a changing environment. We will be covering such figures Mithridates I Ktistes, the founder of the Kingdom of Pontus, Orontes I, ruler of horse-rearing Armenia, and Amastris, the last Achaemenid princess and first Hellenistic queen.

In this episode, we discuss the years 411-410 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the theshifting of the naval war to the Hellespont, the vigor that the Athenian democracy showed in carrying on the war effort against Sparta and Pharnabazos with victories at Cynossema and Cyzicus, the re-establishment of the radical democracy at Athens, and the transition from the historical account of Thucydides into that of Xenophon’s Hellenica.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends trials and debates among the common folk.

… 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)