#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 26, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 14 Mounichion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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This week, we’ve got one more past Patreon episode for you! Thank you all for your patience as we get back into the swing of things. We’ll be back with your regularly scheduled new episodes in May. But for now, we’re all horses, all the time. Amber gives you an unbridled (har!) look at the Hittite Horse Training Texts, which are much more than just Kikkuli (remember him?). After that, we veer from horsemanship to horse-man-’ship. First there’s a glimpse into the legal mind of the Hittites, and then some interesting commonalities across Indo-European societies and an overview of equine lives in antiquity. Ohhh neigh.

We talk about the history of the book, the reading habits of the ancient Romans, the pliability of sheep skins, and the mechanisms of semantic change that cause words to evolve over time. Oh, and we discuss Charles Darwin’s own language for his new theory.

The reputation of ancient Sparta’s military is revered. Emeritus Professor Dr Stephen Hodkinson, University of Nottingham, joins the show to discuss its military practices, and to what degree the evidence matches the reputation.

Once pervasively described as a period of fall and decline, today Late Antiquity is often understood as a period of cultural flowering and economic revolution.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends great potential for fruit but scarcity of harvests.

… 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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