#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 17, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal. Dec. 2772 AUC ~ 2 Maimakterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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A foundational text in both ethics and political thought, the Republic was shaped by Plato’s traumatic experiences as a young man witnessing civil war and the collapse of Athenian democracy. This is the first installment in an 11-part series on this classic work. 

Explosions! Swords! Horse girls! Melissa made me watch Pompeii (2014). We talked about the swords-and-sandals genre, the specific place of Pompeii in popular imagination, volcanos and Kit Harrington’s hair. I do not recommend this movie. Please make more sexy trashy films about archaeologists.

In this episode, Susan Matheson joins us to speak about representations of old age and the elderly in Greek art. 

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends plenty of fodder for the flocks.

… 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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