#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 13, 2021

Hodie est id. Sext. 2774 AUC ~ 5 Metageitnion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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The Mycenaeans were prehistoric Greek people. Dr. Kim Shelton, University of California, Berkley, joins the show to share what’s known about their settlements on mainland Greece and how the settlements would have been used in the Bronze Age.

Andrew sent us this question, ‘I was wondering how the intertwining of heroic figures into people’s lineage, was viewed by the common people.’ Murray gives us his opinion.

… In this first episode on Herodotus, we will look at who Herodotus was, as much as the known information lets us. We will also turn to looking at what his ambitious work, the Histories would cover. There is so much more than just a historical account, with geography, anthropology, ethnography, folklore and even hints of Philosophy. His work would be broken up into nine books into the medieval period, each book denoting a scroll that the Histories was originally written on. Within these books would be many digressions that Herodotus would become well known for and where we see many of the elements that would make this so much more than a history come into play. We also look at the potential sources Herodotus would have used, from written accounts, his enquires and his own observations. We take for granted the process of gathering sources today, but back 2500 years ago there would have been a number of hurdles for someone seeking reason for events in the past.

With Seneca out of the way, Tigellinus brings down the other prefect, Rufus. To strengthen his relationship with Nero, he increases his paranoia about the two men Nero had recently exiled for being threats to his power – Plautus and Sulla. Poppaea, not happy with Nero just divorcing Octavia, makes sure she gets rid of her forever.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a plague that will affect the bodies of both humans and animals

… 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)