#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 2, 2021

Hodie est a.d. IV Non. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 18 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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In this episode of PillarTalk we take a look back at this years podcast episodes, the climate of 2020, some ancient festivals and our hopes for 2021. Thanks to everyone who has listened in 2020, here’s to many more!

It’s a new year and THANK GOD 2020 is behind us. We suspect many of you may have had a drink or two last night saying goodbye to this shitshow of a year, so we thought: who better to soothe your hangover than the god of revelry himself? That’s right, today we’re bringing you DIONYSUS, the god of wine, ecstasy, madness, theatre, generally cool animals, partying, and all-round goodness. He is, without a doubt, the SEXIEST god of the Greco-Roman pantheon. So, if you can stomach it, raise a glass to Dionysus and get stuck into his fantastical world.

Who’s ready to start this year off with a good old-fashioned, relaxing “Roman rubdown?” Today we welcome returning guest, Tim Moller, to lead us through all the delightful distractions of an ancient Roman bathhouse. From lubing up for massages, poolside dining, shopping, politicking, and public posturing, the Roman bathhouses were central hubs of personal and cultural, as well as economic exchange: They were dim, dank, but also discreet venues where people from all walks of life could mix and mingle, dropping the cares of everyday life along with their togs. So – grab that bikini or speedo, and let’s head in for a well-deserved day of rest and relaxation, ancient Roman style. (recorded on zoom)

Tristan Donovan joined me on the podcast to talk about the history of gaming.

Heus, you want to learn Latin? Salve sodalis, you have come to the right place. This is a Latin podcast for beginners. With the series “Litterae Latinae Simplices”, you will set up for a journey into Latin literature, in easy spoken Latin.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an unforeseen 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)