#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 18, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 5 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Gosh, what a year this week has been! Don’t know about you, but we’re ready to Inception ourselves into wonderland, and live out our days in an idyllic ancient dreamworld That’s why today, somewhat hilariously, we bring you What A Wonderful World. Tune in to hear about ancient mythological places, and how the ancients used utopian worlds (anachronism, we know – apologies) to imagine their best lives and scrutinise their real ones. We take you on a whistlestop tour – thanks to a request from one of our listeners – of Atlantis, Cloudcuckooland and Arcadia before joining some surprising dots between the old and new. Who knew that Atlantis, Hobbiton, Stranger Things and Harry Styles all had something common? Same – we can’t tell you how often we’ve thought about that exact group of completely unrelated miscellaneous things!

At the Battle of Cannae, 2 August, 216 B.C., Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca administered one of Rome’s most crushing military defeats. Depending upon the ancient source, Roman losses on the Apulian battlefield numbered anywhere from roughly 50,000, as Livy relates, to around 70,000, as Polybius insists. Hannibal had enacted a double envelopment of the Roman army, a maneuver widely considered to be a tactical masterpiece that is to this day studied in war colleges around the world.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends that foreign affairs will lead to a popular uprising.

… 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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