#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 24, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 23 Anthesterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Caligula’s reputation through the ages has been one of tyranny and insatiable appetite, but he was once just a little boy in boots. In today’s episode we cover the beginning of the Roman Empire and the family at the center of it all!

In ancient Rome, there were a lot of eunuchs. Some were enslaved, some were free; some were members of religious cults, some were not. No study of queer history in ancient Greece and Rome would be complete without them. Today, we’re going to take a look at the history of people who underwent castration in the Roman Empire—why they did it, when they did and didn’t have a choice, and what their lives were like.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends good health for humans but destruction for fish and reptiles.

… 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)