#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 10, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VI Id. Mart. 2774 AUC ~ 26 Anthesterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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After giving the Cyclops everything short of his credit card information, Odysseus and the boys are in for more bumps and bruises. First it’s a visit with Aeolus, god of the winds, who bags up all the blustery blasts, but instead of telling his crew our hero decides it’s “nap time”. Then it’s on to the Laestrygonians for more cannibalism and general rock-chucking. At last they wash up on the island of Aeaea (no vowel-buying necessary) where Circe decides that while men are pigs the Hermes-helped Odysseus can stick around for a bit. Have these men learned anything?  How many crew remain? Is Odysseus even telling the truth or is he a kind of ancient Keyser Söze?

In the modern U.S. people may avoid or begrudgingly pay taxes. But in ancient Athens, wealthy people considered it an honor.

We pick up our story after the assignation of Alexander’s father and his consolidation of power in Greece. Alexander begins moving east toward Asia Minor. Many battles, a few myths, and a killer headache are in store for our hero!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends destruction for quadrupeds.

… 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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