#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 3, 2021

Hodie est a.d. III Non. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 28 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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It’s tufa one in the Vomitorium today! Two petrifying tales from the Metamorphoses, that is. First, Perseus gets hopelessly lost and takes it for granite that big-boned Atlas will offer him directions and a snack. But a dread prophecy leads Atlas to slam the door instead and Perseus to say “No More Mr. Gneiss Guy”. He whips out his secret weapon from his Gorgon’s head-sized holster with predictable results. Next it’s on to Niobe whose Latona-directed trash talk knows no bounds. Even when Apollo and Diana begin to take bloody revenge, Niobe’s hubris gets bigger and boulder. Her own transformation is sure with all that evidence mountain against her. Starting to get the schist of it? Shale we go on? Ore maybe not? Either way, you’ll lava it!

Hades and Persephone are some of the most beloved characters of Greek myth and Rachel Smythe is retelling their story (and so many others) in the incredible Webtoon (and now, book!) Lore Olympus. Rachel and Liv chat mythology and adapting myth, characters and sourcing, and so much more. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it’s fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I’m not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.

Making a floor isn’t rocket science, but style and execution count for a lot. The terrazzo floor at the 15th century Hittite sanctuary at Uşaklı Höyük might be the earliest mosaic floor, or does that honor belongs to the Minoans?  What is the relationship between power and taste? Why are the triangles blue and what does the god Teshub really think about ‘oatmeal’ as a color?

Did you know that Christianity broke off from Judaism to stop the Romans from persecuting them? In this interview, Prof. Rebecca Denova delves into Christianity as a syncretic religion, God in the Old and New Testament, and the adoption of dominant Greco-Roman ideas of gender and women’s roles. Professor Rebecca Denova is a full-time Senior Lecturer of Early Christianity in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to ancient Christianity, she teaches courses on the religions of ancient Greece and Rome and the religions of ancient Egypt.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends conditions where the lower classes will oppress their superiors.

… 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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