#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 2, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VI Non. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 29 Anthesterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Heracles is a complicated fellow… Or maybe it’s not so complicated. Sophocles’ Trachiniae, the Women of Trachis, looks at the life, and tragedy, of Heracles’ last mortal wife, Deianeira.

There seems to be a universal archetype wherein a famous person dies or utters last words befitting the life she lived. The Greeks and Romans were no different, but why are so many of these stories so odd? Aeschylus: terminated by a tortoise; Euripides: devastated by dogs. And Sophocles? graped in the glottis. Is there any truth to these tales or is this just another episode of When Hubris Met Nemesis? As always, pick up lots of practical advice along the way, such as–choose  walnut to avoid getting venus flytrapped by an oak. And if a friend while on his deathbed asks you to burn his literary masterpiece, the answer is always “NO.”

Next on the chopping block is Seneca, Nero’s old tutor and adviser and leading Stoic. Historians seem to think he wasn’t directly involved in the conspiracy – but he probably knew about it.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the end of threatening affairs.

… 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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