#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 24, 2021

Hodie est a.d. IX kal. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 20 Poseideon in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

n.b. there may or may not be a post on Christmas Day … it all depends on when everyone wakes up

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Desperate to find the perfect gift to slip into your favorite scholar’s (budding and otherwise) stocking this year? Of course you are, because if he or she finds another bath bomb or scented whazzit in there someone’s going to get hurt. Fear not! Dave and Jeff are here to help with their curated best-of lists. And the gamut is run—yes, there are plenty of heady tomes to set your beloveds on the proper path, but also many surprises along the way, including shred metal guitar, stunningly bad movies, and shocking sources of dietary fiber! Who knows, if you do it right maybe you’ll end up like Sting and celebrate Yuletide by finding many words to rhyme with “Charybdis”.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends civil wars for the city and disease for forest-dwelling creatures.

… 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)