#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 16, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVII Kal. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 3 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Today’s podcast is an episode taken from our sibling podcast The Ancients. In 4 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!

Come dream with me as we go Deep into the year 44 BCE and dissect the conspiracy to assassinate Julius Caesar.

While the particulars of the Roman calendar, with its demarcation of Nones, Ides, and Kalends, are now largely forgotten by those not ensconced in academia, one date, immortalized by a history changing bloody coup and popularized by a famous bard from Stratford-Upon-Avon, remains in the collective consciousness of most people – and carries with it an ominous warning, BEWARE! In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, CoinWeek Ancients writer Mike Markowitz lays down his Pugio and tells you the gripping story of the death of Julius Caeser and its impact on coins.

Together, they’ve vanquished a sea monster. But can their new love survive Andromeda introducing Perseus to her parents, King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia?

Finally we’re back with NEW MATERIAL! This episode is our (brisk but fruitful) discussion of the first Percy Jackson Book, The Lightning Thief. It also contains our entry into the #discourse about Medusa.

22nd official episode of Spartan History Podcast

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a year of good health, but a shortage of necessities.

… 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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