#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 18, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XIV Kal. Dec. 2772 AUC ~ 3 Maimakterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Jeff and Dave get into the dirt with the archaic Greek poet Hesiod (c. 700 B.C.) and his seminal poem Works and Days. Is this near contemporary a match for Homer or does he deserve his (well-cultivated) second banana status? What should we think about the justice of Zeus, two kinds of competition (was Hesiod a capitalist?), fire-stealing, the myth of Pandora, and whether might makes right? Don’t miss the five ages of mankind, from Golden right down through the Iron(ic), Age of Ultron in which we live. And one more thing–if you’re not buying your fennel by the stalk, are you doing it right? 

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With monsters, witches, sirens, and cyclopes, the Odyssey is one of the landmarks of world literature and a classic for the ages. This is the start. 

Welcome to The Pride Pod! This is a podcast created to discuss iconic people, events and the culture of the LGBTQ+ community. In the first episode, hosts Bec Legato and Helena McMahon talk about Sappho, the renowned Ancient Greek poet known for her works detailing lesbian attraction and relationships. 

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends wars and difficult times for city dwellers.

… 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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