#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 14, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XIX Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 12 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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‘To the Greeks and Romans, the Trojan War was the beginning of all warfare and set the standards for the expected behaviour of all men. How does the epic fit actual history?’ The Ancient Warfare podcast team discuss the latest issue of the magazine X.3 Warfare in the Age of Homer.

The eve of the Greek and Persian wars would see a point in Macedonian history where the transition of power from one king to another would take place. This would see Amyntas after his rule since the mid 6th century pass power to his son Alexander the first at the opening of the 5th. This would take place on the backdrop of Persian advances into Thrace before Macedon would then begin engaging diplomatically. It becomes difficult to tell at what point Macedon would offer earth and water to the Persian empire, with colourful stories entering into the historical record. Though, by the time of the first invasion it seems Macedon had submitted in some form. The marriage of Alexanders sister to a Persian governor, also a relative of Xerxes would seem to indicate this…

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends shortages, an outbreak of mice, and the demise of four-footed animals.

… 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)