#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for the Weekend of November 21-22, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XI Kal. Dec. 2772 AUC ~ 6 Maimakterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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When Odysseus left for the mountains, Phorkys left his cave and his harbour, and dove down into the depths of the dark sea; and in a trice, he changed his shape; became a swift-darting dolphin, which swept south along with the currents that flowed above the ocean floor…

Elisa talks about terracottas as physical images. What different sorts are there? What images were popular? She tackles the difficult questions of who used them, and what for. What do broken examples tell us? And she explains how we understand the…

Gregory Aldrete has spent 12 years studying the composition and effectiveness of this ancient armour used by many nations around the Mediterranean. To do so, he recreated the armour from scratch, using authentic materials. In this episode Gregory, Professor Emeritus from The University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, speaks with Tristan about how this armour protected one of the most powerful conquering armies of all history, despite being made of a soft fabric. 

193 – 222 – There were Five Good Emperors and then there seemed to be none.  Just how did the quality of the Princeps decline so dramatically and what pressures were responsible for making it happen?

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a year of good health.

… 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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