#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 25, 2021

Hodie est ad. VII Kal. Jul. 2774 AUC ~ 15 Skirophorion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Plato wrote on a variety of topics, including mythology. Dr. Tae-Yeoun Keum, University of California, Santa Barbara, joins the show to discuss the myths that show up in Plato’s writings.

Synopsis: In the wake of the Sea Peoples, the Hittite Great King Kuzi-Teshub focuses on rebuilding and strengthening his kingdom.  A powerful new threat soon emerges in the form of King Tiglath-Pileser I of Assyria.

Jasper tackles this question from patron of the podcast Ken. How “useful” are the accounts of warfare as described in the Old Testament? I’m interested in a discussion about sources as much as anything (i.e. why were they written, to whom and which biases might have been present). Are any of the Old Testament accounts helpful in triangulating sources?

Agrippina is dead and Nero decides to party. Tacitus disapproves. He doesn’t like Nero’s parties and he doesn’t like his poetry. But then a comet appears, and everyone assumes it means the end of Nero’s reign – so they start looking for a replacement.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends wars and many disasters.

… 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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