#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 20, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XIII Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 7 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Late August, 480 BC. The tension in the pass finally gives way to violence and for the first two days of battle the Persians learn their wicker wear can’t match Spartan discipline. Xerxes gets throne-hopping mad until a local traitor (Ephialtes – boo!) tells him of the mountain pass that will allow him to outflank the Greeks below. Leonidas has excruciating choices to make and resigns himself to death, but not before dropping a series of action hero one-liners that had Schwarzeneggar taking notes. So molon over, don’t linger in the labe, and rest easy—the bon mots in this one fly so thick you’ll be listening in the shade.

The Aeneid, by Virgil, is one of the great world epics. Inspired by, and modeled after, the Odyssey, it’s the story of Aeneas’s journey from burning Troy to found the Roman empire, and all bleeding ground, sad Cyclopes, and bellybutton-wolves he encounters along the way.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an abundance of imports but also of respiratory diseases.

… 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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