#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 17, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVI Kal. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 4 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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This episode covers book 5 of Plato’s Republic. What do you do when the private family causes too much corruption? Nationalize it! Create a giant family monopoly that includes every citizen in one giant clan. In this episode, Socrates explains his most normal proposal—that women should have jobs—and his most shocking, which involves a state eugenics program disguised as a religious festival. This chapter makes some people think Plato’s a feminist and other’s say he’s a fascist. Either way, it shows us that values like family loyalty, political unity, gender equality, and meritocracy do not always fit well together.

This week Jeff and Dave welcome author, teacher, musician, farm guru, and mini-Aristotle Susan Wise Bauer via Zoom from her home in Virginia. Jeff and Dave enjoy a lively back-and-forth with Susan on her many talents and accomplishments. Tune in as Dr. Bauer discusses her experience being homeschooled, her love of Hebrew and history, and her best-selling books that serve as guides to anyone who wants a “Classical education”. Along the way we discuss what different people mean by the term “classical”, the rigours of writing a “universal history”, as well as Susan’s latest interest—Hippocrates and history through the lens of medicine and disease.  And if you’ve been unsure about when to do your “lambing”, listen to the end for the shear joy.

Is this movie the spiritual predecessor of The Phantom Menace? Probably not, but we explore that idea anyways. This week, Colin and Eli dive into MGM’s chariot-smashing mega-epic starring Charlton Heston. We’re here for the chariot/pod race and Judah’s horses deserve an award. We’re a a bit more split on the religious overtones and general length of the film. Maybe we just want more revenge? Should we see the remake? One thing’s for sure, not all cylinders were firing for us when we recorded.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends unexpected calamities for human,  several disasters for men and four footed 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)