#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 13, 2021

Hodie est a.d. III Id. Oct. 2774 AUC ~ 7 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Perseus has his hands full when he enters the Gorgons’ cave – and Dr. Kate Birney says it’s remarkable that our hero was able to juggle Hermes’ sword and that magical bag while brandishing Athena’s shield at the same time. In Mythlet 2, we find out more about that magical shield, which Dr. Birney says was probably like the enormous shields that Greek warriors carried into real ancient battles.

Today the guys tackle the life and work of public intellectual Joseph Campbell, best known for his theory of the monomyth which proposes that all hero narratives are, at root, simply variations on the same story. Once they get past the irritating, almost Forrest Gumpian nature of Campbell’s self-mythologizing biography, Dave and Jeff get down to the stages of the “journey” itself. Behold calls to adventure, tests, mentors, katabaseis, resurrections; and a Frodo, Harry, Katniss, and Skywalker hiding behind every veil. Questions beget questions: is the Christian narrative just another “hero’s journey”? Can we blame Campbell for Jar-Jar Binks? And perhaps most importantly—where’s the best place in the hero cycle to stop off for some soup?

Do you even Argo bro?!? Christie Vogler is back with us again but we’ve decided to leave her name out of the title tos ave money on digital ink. We’re back with Ray Harryhausen’s most celebrated film, Jason and the Argonauts, in which Colin’s cat does battle with a Zoom background of Talos, the Bronze Giant. Should this movie actually be a heist film? Is Jason really such a hero? Why do we expect historic/mythic settings to feature British accents? How do special effects affect storytelling, especially myths? Can skeletons swim? We get into these and many more topics this is love child between prestige sword and sandal and B-theater creature features.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If i thunders today, it portends good things for business and general prosperity. The man who controls the governent with a heavy hand will not be strong for very long.

… 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)