#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 13, 2021

Hodie est Id. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 8 Maimakterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Pottery in ancient Sparta was used for storage, shipping, communicating moral lessons, and more. Dr Adrien Delahaye, French School at Athens, joins the show to explore what scholars know about Spartan pottery in the Archaic and Classical periods.

Dē rēbus Haitiānīs; Americānī dē Aethiopiā dēdūcuntur; Eurōpa in perīculō; Rūthēnia Alba Eurōpae mīnātur; Seattlēnsēs anxiētāte labōrant; Diēs Caelibum; Dracō in caelō; Discipulus periit.

Daniel asks, ‘I was curious about Roman marines. I see them depicted in video games the same as a classic 1st century legionary, but with their red clothing and shield swapped out with blue. Did Marines fight, and were they equipped the same as a regular legionary soldier? Did they participate in land battles and were they seen as inferior or superior to the regular army? Did they have the same terms of service as their land bases counterparts?

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends a prosperous but sickly time, with bodies tormented by parasites.

[Sunday] If it thunders today, it portends venomous snakes being gently dealt with by humans.

… 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)