#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 1, 2021

Hodie est Kal. Dec. 2774 AUC ~ 27 Maimakterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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This week the guys hopscotch from Babylon, to Memphis (not TN), to Alexandria (not VA), and even to Venice (not FL) in search of an answer to one of the most captivating and lingering archaeological questions of all time—what happened to the tomb and body of Alexander Ille Magnus? How could this centuries-long tourist attraction (visited by some of the greatest Caesars who ever caesared) and massive, Wal-Mart sized complex simply vanish? As they say, it’s complicated. We’ve got cross-desert catafalquing, followed by temporary tomb subletting, and toxic mosque-ulinity, capped off by some embarrassing nose-mangling, and maybe even a mummy heading for its final stop in a gondola. Paging Heinrich Schliemann!

Ridley Scott, a prolific director and producer, is responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed films of all time. While “Alien” (1979) and “Blade Runner” (1982), are regarded as significantly influential sci-fi films, “Gladiator” (2000) and “Black Hawk Down” (2001), to name just a few, highlight his dedication to epic historical dramas.

Many moons ago, I had a thought. “Hey! It would be fun to do a bookend series covering the Hellenistic Age with Alexander and the Great and Cleopatra!” 21 episodes and small novel’s worth of notes later, we have reached the conclusion of the series. After the Battle of Actium, Cleopatra and Antony continue to fight but are running out of options. As Octavian closes in on Alexandria, the situation turns desperate. Ultimately, the ramifications of the events in this episode mark a turning point in Western Civilization. Tune in for the conclusion of Cleopatra’s epic tale!!!!

Do you dare set foot in the Emperor Augustus’ childhood nursery? They say anyone who does is seized by shuddering and terror… This story has been inspired by Suetonius, Augustus, 6 & 94, and is followed by a discussion of the Emperor Augustus, his life and achievements, and ancient poltergeists.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a year of good health and concord.

… 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)