#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 23, 2020

Hodie est pr. X Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 8 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Rob Cain goes on a rant about modern and ancient heroes. He discusses the heroes of literature and reviews the heroes celebrated on TV as he was growing up. What is a modern hero? What is a classical one? Do heroes pay a price? 18:45 into the podcast a musical tribute is given to Khaled al-Asaad, a Syrian archaeologist and the head of antiquities at the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khaled al-Asaad refused to reveal the secrets of ancient artifacts of the city to the ISIL Militants and was beheaded for his bravery.

Historyland’s Josh Provan joins Alina to talk all about the murky period of the 25th dynasty and Piye’s conquest of Egypt

This week Dave and Jeff wade into the deep waters of Greek Tragedy for the first time with a two-part look at Euripides’ Alcestis. Even devotees of tragedy may not be familiar with this one! But before we get there we poke around at a few questions: why did tragedy arise in Athens?  Why did actors wear masks, and what’s a deus ex machina? Then it’s on to Euripides himself—a poet well ahead of his time and the man the Athenians loved to hate—and his macabre marital masterpiece Alcestis. Apollo and Thanatos (NOT the purple guy) trade rap-battle insults while hubby Admetus behaves so insufferably maybe you’d die to get away from him too!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an outbreak of disease, but not a harmful disease.

… 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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