#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 30, 2020

Hodie est pr. III Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 15 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Jim Harris talks to Lucie Dawkins about detachable genitalia in the Cast Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum, and the history of prudishness in ancient art.

Lucie Dawkins reveals the Ancient Greek art of styling pubic hair, and why it gives us important clues to understanding ancient sculptures.

Roel Konijnedijk joins us to talk all about perceptions of Sparta and how they differ from the reality.

This week Dave and Jeff wrap up their journey through Euripides’ Alcestis and the second half has everything—weeping, wailing, sarcastic dads, guest stars on their way to wrangle flesh-eating horses.  You know, typical theater fare.  Yes, Admetus continues his mope-a-thon, but suddenly Heracles himself shows up and who hasn’t been in that cliched situation where you’re trying juggle a funeral and a call-the-cops house party?  Then hang on tight for the twist ending.  What does it all mean?  Is it time for cheering or more mourning?  Strange, silent, veiled women showing up at the last minute have a way of unsettling a household.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a rebellion against the kingdom and the likelihood of a war.

… 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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