#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for September 14, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVIII Kal. Oct. 2774 AUC ~ 8 Boedromion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Why in the world would anyone study coffins? What can you learn from coffins? That’s our first podcast episode, insight into a new little book I wrote called COFFIN COMMERCE…

In the 17th century, the people commonly known as the Hittites created a kingdom called Hattusa. Dr Mark Weeden, Associate Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern Languages, University College London, returns to the show to speak about the Kingdom of Hattusa in the 17th and 16th centuries BCE.

Today I speak with Earl Fontainelle of the Secret History of Western Esotericism podcast (SHWEP). I don’t understand Plato. Partly this is because he never writes in his own voice and partly it’s because I can’t even always tell when Socrates is joking or even what he’s talking about. The divided line? The Myth of Er? The tyrant being exactly 729 times less happy than the philosopher? These are all weird things in the Republic that are still mysterious to me. Earl suggests that perhaps the reason Plato is so difficult to understand is because he was writing esoterically. Perhaps the dialogues contain secret messages directed to an initiated few and the weird passages I complain about actually contain wisdom of a higher order. Perhaps. In this long and wide-ranging conversation, we talk about why so many readers of Plato believed he wrote esoterically, the secret meanings he may have been hiding, and a lot of the mysterious Plato math that I complained about in the Republic series.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends diseases.

… 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)