#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 24, 2021

Hodie est a.d IX Kal. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 13 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Berenice II was a Queen of Egypt in the third century B.C.E. and married to Pharaoh Ptolemy III. Professor Dee L. Clayman, The City University of New York, joins the show to discuss who Berenice was and the life she lived.

It’s Amber’s birthday episode! Since she loves historiography, we’re taking it back to one of the earliest historians, Herodotus. How did he think about the past, and how did that influence historians who came after him? What did he get right, and what did he get wrong? What’s up with that weird boat, those mummy enemas, the flying snakes, and the giant ants? Listen and find out!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends evils so great that those hearing about them will die from grief.

… 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)