#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 19, 2021

Hodie est ad. XIV Kal. Jul. 2774 AUC ~ 8 Skirophorion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

A reminder that #Thelxinoe will not appear tomorrow (don’t worry, the Brontoscopic calendar is covered below!)

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We return to the world of Percy Jackson for book two, and immediate get mired deep in academic theory. Because of course we do. Featuring a critique of diet culture, Frantz Fanon, and a little bit of hubris.

In this episode, Katie & Cairo discuss ancient Greek comedy & satire as a genre and its resonances in comedy throughout history, and how it is reflected in writers across time, from Mel Brooks to William Shakespeare.

The Sasanian Empire existed in the 3rd-7th centuries, and for a period of time, held hegemony in various parts of the eastern Mediterranean Basin. Dr. Michael Decker, United Arab Emirates University, joins the show again to share what’s known about the Sasanian Empire’s hegemony in the Basin.

Gigantomachy II: Electric Boogaloo! Our longest episode to date, we really don’t lack for things to talk about. There’s a a lot to love in this show and some to look critically at but we really only have one question: who are those people in the bed with Apollo? We get into a lot, such as Zeus as a father, whether the Fates’ baby on the table makes any sense, how Heron should dress and which was our favorite giant. Plus, a loooong discussion about sexy lamps and winged phalloi! Stay till the end for the gag reel. Enjoy!

Why did the Roman economy nearly collapse during the crisis of the third century? To answer that question we are joined by a special guest contributor. We also examine the highly revealing case study of how Roman Gaul experienced it’s third century crisis on the ground. Specifically how it contributed to the creation of the short-lived Gallic Empire splinter state, founded by Postumus in 260AD.

We start with Aeneas escaping from a burning Troy. The gods tell him that it is his job to find the area where Rome will later be founded. Aeneas has many adventures, including visiting the underworld. He stops off in Africa where he meets Dido, the beautiful Queen of Carthage. They fall in love. Dido wants Aeneas to stay. However, the god Jupiter, reminds Aeneas that he needs to find the place where Rome will founded. Aeneas leave. Dido is furious. She curses Aeneas and his descendants and then kills herself. Later the Romans believe that the wars between Rome and Carthage are because of the curse that Dido made…

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends the death of pest to crops [

Sunday]  If it thunders today, it portends discord for the community..

… 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)