#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 9, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VII Id. Oct. 2774 AUC ~ 3 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Classical Sparta functioned for years with a body of citizens who passed laws while co-existing with two contemporaneously sitting kings (a diarchy). Dr Philip Davies, University of Nottingham, joins the show to explain how government functioned in the Classical Spartan period.

This week, the editor of 4 Color Books, Bryant Terry, describes the long history of veganism in Black communities and his hopes for a healthier food system. Plus, archaeologist Farrell Monaco reveals what the ashes of Pompeii can tell us about Ancient Roman food, Dr. Aaron Carroll weighs in on whether milk and juice are actually healthy beverages for kids, and we learn to make Cranberry and White Chocolate Soda Bread.

In this episode of my simple Latin podcast, we finally come to… Seneca! If you are listening to this episode before November 9th, 2021, you are invited to the second edition of my free course on Seneca’s first letter to Lucilius, “Tempus tantum nostrum est” (9-15 November).

In this episode, we discuss the aftermath of the Peloponnesian War at Athens, including the reign of the Thirty Tyrants, the Athenian civil war, and the restoration of the democracy

Novus annus scholasticus incipit; Cilauēa mōns pergit ignem ēvomere; Petrōleum in lītora Californiāna appulsum; Formōsēnsēs spē confirmātī; Comitia Iāpōnica; Comitia Canadēnsia; Comitia Germānica; Nova taberna Turcica Bellinghamiae aperta.

When Pedanius Secunus was murdered by his slave the law was precise – every slave in his household, every man, woman and child, would be crucified as punishment. The law that allowed this was the Senatus Consultum Silanianum, It existed to ease the minds of the wealthy slave owners of Rome, allowing them to live in power amongst slaves who knew that their actions would mean that all are punished. Guest: Assistant Professor Zachary Herz (Legal Historian, Department of Classics, University of Colorado Boulder)

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday]  If it thunders today, it portends death for wild beasts.

[Sunday] If it thunders today, it portends the downfall of a praiseworthy man.

… 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)