#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 4, 2020

Hodie est pr. Non. Nov. 2772 AUC ~ 17 Pyanepsion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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It’s election night 2020 in the US, and our video from 4 years ago about the language of politics is relevant once again. We discuss the changing vocabulary of democracy and what it can tell us about shifting attitudes towards popular rule and politicians. It may not be a complete break from political coverage, but at least it’s mostly about the distant past, not the uncertain future!

Thysdrus was a former Cartheginian town and Roman colony in what was the province of Africa. The area drew its wealth from growing olives and the production of oil. And has become famous in the years since as being the home of one of Rome’s best preserved amphitheatres. Guest: Dr Darius Arya (CEO of The American Institute for Roman Culture and Director of Ancient Rome Live)

Dave and Jeff serve up some Northern Renaissance art with a close look at Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s mysterious and haunting take on the Daedalus and Icarus myth. Is it a response to Ovid’s version of the tale or something else altogether? Jean Claude VanDamme stops by with a waffle sampler, and don’t miss: fat man on the menu. We also get at the lingering question, “Will Dave ever reveal his high school nickname?”

Mark Antony considers throwing in with Pompey before he packs his bags, follows Caesar and leaves Rome. Vorenus rekindles his romance with Niobe before he packs up his bag, raises his standard and leaves Rome. Octavian becomes a real man before he puts on his toga, packs up his bag and leaves Rome. We are also joined by special guest Alan Poul, director of the episode.

Suffrāgia feruntur, Terror Vindobōnēnsis, Clandestīnum proelium in Nigeriā gestum.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an improvement for grain.

… 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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