#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 16, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XIV Kal. Mart. 2774 AUC ~ 4 Anthesterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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We talk about the etymology of “Etymology” itself, and then discuss the basics of historical linguistics, including Grimm’s Law, Verner’s Law, and more. We also talk about Isidore of Seville, the etymological puns of Latin poets, and the way Mark does his research for his videos.

Sodales de ingenio vel de indole aut intro aut ‘extro’ versa loquuntur.

Hermes flies Perseus to the Island of Cisthene, where the Gray Sisters live. They’re three very old ladies — how hard could it be for Perseus to get what he needs? Plenty hard, as he quickly finds out.

Cleopatra was a boss lady who loomed large during her lifetime as one of the most successful monarchs of the East. But there were other royal women in the countries around her, suffering the same trials. Two of them – Alexandra and Mariamne of Judea – became friends with Cleopatra. This is the story of that friendship, and these women’s lives. It’s also the story of one of Cleopatra’s greatest rivals and one of the hottest messes in the ancient world: Herod the Great.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends good things for the common people but discord for those in power.

… 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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