#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 9, 2020

Hodie est a.d. V Id. Dec. 2772 AUC ~ 24 Maimakterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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n.b Sententiae Antiquae’s multiple posts are related to the Reading the Odyssey Around the World Event … see below in the Youtubery section for the link …

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Back to Rome for a meeting with Hadrian, the roving emperor.  Sarah Yeomans, archaeologist specializing in Imperial Rome, discusses the peripatetic emperor and his most impressive monument, the Pantheon: the best preserved Roman temple anywhere.

Ūnae Sīnae, ūnum systēma; Cūria Guatemālēnsium incēnsa; Reclāmātur in Galliā; Bellum in Aethiopiā; Stanislāus Tekiēlī diem obiit; Terror Bellinghamiae.

This week Dave and Jeff take a sober look at the political assassination of Marcus Tullius Cicero, December 7, 43 B.C. As Octavian and Mark Antony reach détente, heads must roll. And first on the platter is that of poor Tully. Come along as we take the train out of Rome from Termini station on a gray January day and head down to Formiae. We recount the last hours of the famous orator with the help of Plutarch and Dio Cassius. Though he died without a fight, Cicero spent his last months excoriating the wild debauchery of Mark Antony in his famous Philippics.  Finally, join your hosts on a walk up the path to the great man’s so-called tomb.  What is this place?  Is Cicero actually buried here?  Does it commemorate the spot of his death instead?  Or was it, maybe, just an ancient Subway restaurant?  Listen fresh.

Messalina, third wife of Claudius, is likely one of the Roman Empresses with the worst reputation. The historians accuse her of adultery and prostitution, avarice and greed, and her name becomes synonymous with a woman of loose morals and licentiousness. Part III of ‘Empresses of Rome’ Guests: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the downfall of a famous man.

… 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)