#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 15, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal. Mart. 2774 AUC ~ 3 Anthesterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Among the many colorful characters of the Wars of the Diadochi, Demetrius I Poliorcetes (“the Besieger”) stands out as one of its most prominent, portrayed by the likes of Plutarch as a skilled commander and larger-than-life personality. Dr. Charlotte Dunn, who recently co-authored a biography entitled “Demetrius the Besieger”, joins the show to discuss her work on the early Hellenistic period. From our sources on the city-taker to his abilities as a king and general, Dr. Dunn helps illuminate one of the main players caught in the struggle for Alexander’s empire.

The Brothers, dated to 160 BCE, is Terence’s last surviving work. We have that date exactly because the play is recorded as being presented at the games held to honour the Roman general Lucius Aemillus Paullus. The first presentation of the play and who was Lucius Aemillus Paullus? The prologue to the play and Terence’s defence of his use of Greek plays to create a new piece. A synopsys of the play The Brothers as a play of ideas and a discussion of it’s main themes about the best way to raise sons. The external influences in an expanding Roman Republic and how they influence the play. The main characters Demea and Micio as more complex and developed characters than have been seen before. The role of Sannio the slave dealer and other minor characters.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an air-borne plague and an abundance of wild beasts and mice.

… 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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