#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 30, 2021

Hodie est a.d. III Kal. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 17 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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This book covers parts of books 5-6 of Plato’s Republic. Who should rule the city in speech? Philosophers of course! In this episode, Socrates explains his most famous political proposal: philosopher kings. He wants the leaders to be smart and capable and virtuous. And charming and good-looking. Is that too much to ask? In a democracy, it is. Socrates doesn’t just say what good leaders look like he also says why democracies will never have one. Who’s to blame for bad democratic politics? Is it corrupt politicians or an ignorant majority? Yes!

When their ship is blown off course, Perseus, Andromeda and Danae find themselves far from Argos. But Perseus is delighted that there are games going on nearby — and enters the discus competition, even though he’s never thrown one before in his life. That choice seals his fate and the future of those he loves.

Based on his new book, Simon Elliott joins us to tell the tale of Hispana IX and to try and get to the bottom of what happened to an entire formation which vanished from the historical record.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a powerful, self-centred man of the kingdom bringing good cheer.

… 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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