#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 21, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XIII Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 18 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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What happens when a temple, say, Hatshepsut’s New Kingdom temple at Deir el Bahari, throws out offerings? Are there good and bad types of garbage? Let’s face it, archaeologists will take what they can get. But isn’t “precious rubble” the name of one of Barney and Betty’s kids?

Murray tackles this question on the Silver Shields. Do we have any evidence that the Silver Sheilds’ actual combat effectiveness began to diminish as they grew old? How much of it was true strength and how much of it was fearsome reputation? How unique were these ‘old’ veterans in ancient warfare?

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, the much-hated king will be the victim of a final conspiracy.

… 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)

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