#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 22, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XI Kal. Nov. 2772 AUC ~ 5 Pyanepsion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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This week Dave and Jeff watch—sometimes through their fingers—Wolfgang’s Petersen’s sweaty, beardy epic, Troy (2004).  Come along as we revisit the film after several years of peaceful forgetfulness. Was it as bad as we thought? More fit for a shampoo commercial than a tour-de-force of bravado aristeia? Some highlights: a) musing over whether the film embodies a “Homeric Spirit” b) the “Tiresias” award for most obnoxious performance (Orlando, we’re looking at you), and c) the real question, better with the gods or without? Don’t be a heel—tune in.

A classic haunted house story for Halloween – a philosopher rents an old house with suspiciously cheap rent and the sound of clanking chains in the night… This story is taken from Pliny the Younger, Letters, 7.27.5-11. After the story, Dr Tony Keen of the University of Notre Dame in London joins me for a chat about Pliny, urban legends, the fantastic in the ancient world, and about working for the Roman Emperor.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends bad conditions and assorted diseases for the people.

… 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)