#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for September 7, 2020

Hodie est a.d. VII Id Sept. 2772 AUC ~ 20 Metageitnion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Episode 21 (S4). Another investigation from Rob Cain’s Historical Detective Agency. Rob makes a Google search and discovers a world of antiques being sold on the internet. He digs deeper and deeper into what is real and what is perceived to be real. He answers an inquiry from Robert W.M. Greaves, the author of the popular blog site ‘Matters Arising’, and airs an interview by the late Archaeologist William Glover on the nature of context. This is a true investigation of what is ‘real’ and what not. Can we trust the popular auction house Ebay in buying our next antiquity?

Priestesses of Vesta, Goddess of hearth, home and family, the College of Vestal Virgins were Rome’s only full-time priesthood. They numbered only six and were selected from noble Roman families at an early age, between six and 10 years old. They would tend the sacred fire in the Temple of Vesta and remain virgins for the duration of their tenure, which would stretch long into womanhood, lasting at least 30 years. Their importance to Rome was paramount and throughout this ancient civilisation’s pagan history, the Vestal Virgins remained right at the heart of Roman society. But things were not always plain sailing for the Vestals during their 1,000 year history… I was delighted to be joined by a leading light on this subject Peta Greenfield to talk through the history of the Vestals. From the importance of fire and water for the cult to the infamous Vestal punishment of ‘incestum’ Peta explained the history behind all in this brilliant chat.

In which we discuss the three children of Zeus and Hera’s Marriage, the belated child of Zeus and Metis Marriage, A Disabled God and get our first robots!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an outbreak of disease and bad things for the enslaved class.

… 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)

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