#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 2, 2020

Hodie est a.d. VI Non. Oct, 2772 AUC ~ 15 Boedromion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Peter Stothard joined me on the podcast to discuss the assassination of Julius Caesar. Many men killed Julius Caesar. Only one man was determined to kill the killers. From the spring of 44 BC through one of the most dramatic and influential periods in history, Caesar’s adopted son, Octavian, the future Emperor Augustus, exacted vengeance on the assassins of the Ides of March, not only on Brutus and Cassius, immortalised by Shakespeare, but all the others too, each with his own individual story.

The first Persian invasion climaxes with the Battle of Marathon

Jasper answers the question from patron Carlos, ‘how did the Romans adapt to the mainly cavalry armies of the Parthians and later Sassanids?’


‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:el

If it thunders today, it portends prosperity, but serious damage to dry land by mice.

… 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)