#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 30, 2021

Hodie est a.d. III Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 17 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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The influence of Plautus and other Roman playwrights has long been understood, but what are those influences and how did the Roman plays come to the attention of Rennaisance playwrights? How manuscripts survived after antiquity and were rediscovered in the early Renaissance. The growth of secular drama in Italy and the role of Duke Ercole d’Este in Ferrara Terence Vs Plautus as the Roman plays became known and appreciated in northern Europe. How early English plays used the Roman models and how the growing education system in Elizabethan England used Latin plays. The influence of Plautus on Shakespeare and similarities in settings, characters and plots. Ben Johnson’s debt to Plautus.

If you ask us, this episode is *eye*conic. We’re *eye*ing up one of our favourite mythological figures, the Cyclops, Polyphemus (yes he’s got a name guys, let’s use it). He’s our *blind* drunk, *eye*rate, *eye*ronic friend with just the one peeper (or is it just one?). In Part One of this topic, we’ll be taking you through his journey from epic monster to preening (if ambitious) pastoral suitor and finding out how he got there. You might have to turn a *BLIND EYE* to his actions – but hey, Nobody’s perfect, right?

If you ask us, this episode is also pretty *eye*conic. In Part Two of this topic, we bring you the main theme of the Cyclops – transgression (ooooooooh). Transgressing more than just the social norm of “don’t kill people for cheese”, Polyphemus is found crossing (or failing to cross) boundaries of love, genre, and landscape. All in all, he’s just a big, hairy guy with a bit of an anger issue and we think he deserves some Blind Love.

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Alia

‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends death on a large scale.

… 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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