#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 10, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VI Id. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 8 Elaphebolion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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We pick up our story after the death of Germanicus.  The family comes back to Rome and is soon swept up in the turmoil, plotting, and ruthless aggression of men jockeying for position in the power vacuum created by Tiberius’ unclear direction and ultimate retreat from Rome.  Tragedy is unfortunately far from over.

Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships – but is there more to her than a beautiful face? To mark Women’s History Month, Tristan is joined by author and broadcaster Natalie Haynes to discuss Helen’s place in mythology and history. Often viewed through the male gaze, Natalie helps set the record straight about who Helen really was. With discussions of her conception, abductions, and grief after the Trojan War – we learn about why she was so noteworthy in mythology.

Rome seems to be an impasse. Facing war on all fronts and with escalating crisis between the patricians and the plebeians the place of Rome in the Italian world is at the brink. It’s 445 BCE and the republic is still young enough to fail. How will Rome face the chaos coming at them from outside while weakened from their own internal conflict? Tune in to find out!

In more modern times, being gay in the military has often historically been grounds for discharge and punishment. But in a different time, in a different place, it was seen as a superpower. The time was the 300s BC. The place was Thebes. And in this place, in this time, there was an elite military force—the best of the best special ops shock troops—made up of 150 male lovers. Their love for each other was the key to their strength. It made them better fighters. More effective. It made them strong enough to break the iron-fisted control of oppressive regimes. This is their incredible story.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends destruction of four-footed beasts.

… 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)