#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 14, 2021

Hodie est pr. Id. Mart. 2774 AUC ~ 1 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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In 44 BC, the Ides of March took on a new significance. Previously observed as the first full moon of the new year, the 15 March is today remembered as the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar. In this episode, Dr Emma Southon talks Tristan through the events leading up to the Caesar’s assassination: was he forewarned with omens in the days preceding his death? Who was involved in the plot and why did they want to kill him? Did Caesar really say ‘et tu Brute?’ And what of the more important ‘other’ Brutus? Emma tells the story of this momentous day. Quick note: Caesar wasn’t technically killed in the Senate House. He was killed in the senate meeting room, which at that time was held in the Curia of Pompey. We also follow the theory that it was upon seeing Decimus Brutus, not Marcus Brutus, that Caesar gave up and stopped resisting his assassins. The debate continues!

320 – 570 – Indian lands ruled by Indian people.  The lands of the subcontinent moved forward into their own prosperous Classical Age.  Find out what they did and how this era came and went.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends prosperity but threatens death for men and birth of wild beasts.

… 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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