#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 4, 2021

Hodie est pr. Non. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 20 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Sodales de vitis suis satis mutatis colloquuntur necnon de equo quodam nuper viso, cui nomen (ut putant) est Sebastianulus.

The life and time of Plautus, the first Roman Playwright from whom we have surviving works. After a hard start he became the most popular of the Roman playwrights churning out comedy after comedy. This episode looks at his life story and playwriting career. Then there is a brief summary of his six most significant plays and a discussion of the role of the courtesan character in the plays, including how this reflects the reality of life for women and prostitutes in Roman society. A note on the lack of political commentary in the plays leads on to a look at how the prologue was used and to conclude I look at the legacy of Plautus in the way his plays have been used as source material for many later adaptations.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the common people agreeing to make peace.

… 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)