#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 28, 2021

Hodie est a.d. V kal. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 25 Poseideon in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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This is a bonus episode from our Patreon at the $2 level. It’s the third installment of our Jackasses of the Arena series–and we saved the best for last. The Emperor Commodus didn’t just disguise himself as Hercules and compete in the arena (against drugged animals and gladiators with blunted swords, naturally). He turned the arena into a playground of terror so complete that even now, the PTSD of those who witnessed it leaps off the page. Ladies and gentlepeople, we give you: King Jackass of the Arena, the One Jackass to Rule Them All: Commodus.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the hatching of locusts.

… 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)