#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 8, 2020

Hodie est a.d. VI Id. Dec. 2772 AUC ~ 23 Maimakterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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This week Patrick and a panel of Classicists, Historians and Biographers discuss the life and creative legacy of Roman poet Horace. Joining Patrick on the panel are: Professor Emily Gowers, Professor of Latin Literature, St John’s College, Cambridge, Professor Stephen Harrison, Professor of Latin Literature, University of Oxford, Professor Martin Brady, Head of the School of Classics, UCD, Professor Carole E. Newlands, Department of Classics, Colorado University and Dr Luke Houghton, Department of Greek & Latin, University College London.

This episode covers book 4 of Plato’s Republic. What does it mean to be a good person? What is justice? To answer these questions, Socrates and the boys have built imaginary cities, raised educated and nobly lied to armies, and sent them all to live in a camp. Today’s the day Socrates brings it all home and explains his definition of justice both in the city and in the soul. And to boot, he explains the structure of the human soul.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a virulent disease but an abundance of crops. Still, there will be a plague on 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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