#Thelxione ~ Classics News for August 13, 2020

Hodie est Id. Sext. 2772 AUC ~ 24 Hekatombaion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Itinera in Mexicum nōn facienda; Carola Lam interdicta, Jacobus Lai comprehēnsus; Tumultūs Bērȳtiī; Comitia in Bielorussiā habita; Clādēs āeria in Indiā; Iōhannes Carolus exul.

In 281/280 BC, the Hellenistic King Pyrrhus ventured to southern Italy to aid the Italiote-Greek city of Tarentum against a rising power based in central Italy. This enemy was the Romans. Over the next 150 years this civilisation would rise to become the Mediterranean superpower, winning wars against the Carthaginians, the Antigonids, Seleucids, Ptolemies and various other enemies. But why were the Roman soldiers so effective? I was delighted to be joined by Dr Steele Brand who brilliantly answered this question.,,

Louise A. Hitchcock is Professor in Archaeology, Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and an expert on the Bronze Age and the Sea People. She knows  the Philistines, Babylonians, Hebrews and Phoenicians.

We continue to follow the cause of our Roman Achilles–more formally known as Lucius Siccius Dentatus–in 455 BCE. Dentatus is truly the star of the this period of history from the perspective of Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Dr G has a lot to say about that!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a plague for both humans and animals.

… 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)