#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 27, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 14 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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In the third episode, I explain in as much detail as possible (and with only two klaxons!) why I’m so annoyed similes aren’t given their due reverence (mostly by my students), why they’re not the same as metaphor, why they’re so important in Homeric epic, and how *exactly* to enjoy them.

In this episode of Accessible Art History: The Podcast, I continue the journey through Neoclassical art with Venus Victrix by Antonio Canova.

Classical Athens is famous for the introduction of theatre and Tragedy. But it didn’t just appear out of nowhere. In this episode I try and piece together how it developed and ended up as a main component of the City Dionysia at Athens. All this with rude puppets, wild processions, the odd phallus and politics.

This week Dave and Jeff gambol off near sylvan fields to tackle the earliest example of Vergil’s poetry, the Eclogues. In Eclogue 1 we meet the shepherd Meliboeus lamenting to his friend Tityrus: “How’d I get evicted?” Meanwhile, Tityrus plays his oaten pipes and suggests Rome is over-rusticating. You’ll hear the amoeboean bees a-buzzing and the cattle a-lowing (with a digression on Psalm 23) as we investigate the deeper meanings of bucolic imagery, Greek precedents, and pressed cheeses. Look! Octavian Augustus, smack dab in the center of Vergil’s poetic programme. Speaking of programs, you’ll need one to tell your willows from your chestnuts from your tamarisks from your cypresses from your low-lying myrtles.

Propertius’ girlfriend Cynthia has died suddenly, but he hasn’t seen the last of her… This story has been adapted from Propertius, Elegies, 4.7 and 4.8, and is followed by a chat about Latin love elegy, Roman funerary customs, and the geography of the underworld, including the famous Gates of Sleep.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the outbreak of non-threatening 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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