#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 22, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VIII Kal. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 21 Anthesterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

if it thunders today, it portends the winds carrying diseases, but not fatal ones.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 21, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 20 Anthesterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Finding other Latin speakers can be very hard, but it’s necessary if you want to learn how to speak Latin fluently (and have fun).

It’s often thought that the ancient Greeks were devout in tradition, strict in their ways and beliefs. But how true is this? When it comes to creative thinking and innovation, the ancient Greeks excelled! In this episode, Tristan is joined by professor and historian Dr Armand D’Angour as they explore the impact of Ancient Greek innovation, delving into their perception of ‘new’. From famous figures in the arts, philosophy, and the ideas of the model state, we look beyond the lens of tragedy. What can we learn from the Ancient Greeks today?

Liv reads selections from Ovid’s Ars Amatoria (big thanks to Michaela Smith for the selections and commentary!), translated by Henry T. Riley. Sometimes called a commentary on the idea of love, and elegy broadly, other times simply deemed an ancient guide to picking up women, Ovid’s Ars Amatoria is at the very least… entertaining. The incredible twitter thread mentioned is here. CW/TW: Ancient Pick Up Artist style issues… Lots of them.

In This Episode We Take A Look At How Assassin’s Creed And Other Titles Are Able To Help Teach history Through Gaming.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends abundance.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 19, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XI Kal. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 18 Anthesterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Curator Andrew Shapland shows us a tiny fragment which reveals the story of the man who set out to hunt down the mythical minotaur. Sir Arthur Evans went on to become known as the father of archaeology, but his journey reveals a culture war between empires in the Mediterranean. 

Raedariī Canadēnsēs comprehēnsī….

Nero hunts down the main conspirators. Some of them are captured, while others help execute their own colleagues without betraying their allegiance to the cause. Piso is urged to mount the rostra in the Forum and make a case to the people, but decides to take the easy way out instead.

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[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends and outbreak of reptiles and worms

[Sunday] If it thunders today, it portends pleasant breezes.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 18, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XII Kal. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 17 Anthesterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Bill, Richard, and Kostic Kourelis discuss their favorite books of 2021 and a few other miscellaneous issues, including the podcast hiatus.

Murray gives his thoughts on this question sent in by Greg ‘There are quite a few examples of the use of recon and scouting from ancient warfare (perhaps more where it didn’t happen!). Also, we see examples of espionage and intel via xenoi relationships in the Greek world. But how much did we see what we might recognise as military intelligence, and how dependant was it on the personality of a commander?’

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends heavy winds and the outbreak of skin lesions.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 17, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XIII Kal. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 16 Anthesterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Intersex people are sometimes featured in Greek mythology in a positive way—for instance, the beautiful child of Aphrodite who became an important part of her entourage. But the ancient Romans saw Intersex people as imbued with a specific kind of magic associated with frightening signs and portents—and that made it dangerous to be Intersex in the ancient world. Join us as we explore the lives of Intersex people in ancient Greece and Rome.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a fruitful summer.

… 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)