#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 14, 2022

Hodie est a.d. pr. Id. Mart. 2775 AUC ~ 12 Elaphebolion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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After the losses at Trebia and Trasimene, the strategies of Fabius Maximus Cuncutator (“the Delayer”) manages to give the Republic some valuable breathing room. Despite Fabius’ best efforts, Hannibal manages to deliver Rome its most devastating defeat on the plains of Cannae in 216. Meanwhile, Marcus Claudius Marcellus leads a campaign in Sicily against the once-loyal city of Syracuse, contending with war machines devised by the likes of Archimedes in one of the great sieges of antiquity.

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Marcus Junius Brutus is best known as one of the conspirators against Julius Caesar, but there’s so much more to his complex story. In today’s episode, we continue our mini-series, all about the events of March 15th 44BC. Tristan is joined by Dr. Steele Brand to talk through the rise and downfall of Caesar’s most notorious assassin; Marcus Brutus.

By the middle of the 6th century, Sparta was, through her alliances, the most powerful military force Hellas had yet seen. There was just one thorn in their side, one pressing issue that hadn’t been sufficiently resolved, Argos. This time around I’ll take an expansive look at the Argive history and break down the enmity between the two cities. Predictably, and it should come as no surprise, it will take war to settle the disputes. Such power and prestige as they could now muster, the Spartans were being noticed on the world stage. King Croesus of Lydia to the west is desperate for aid against the encroaching Persians. He turns to Sparta, as the most powerful of the Greeks. We’ll pick apart the story of Croesus and how it relates to Sparta. Lastly the focus will be turned to the little known Spartan invasion of Samos in 525 BCE to oust the tyrant Polycrates. Using modern historical analysis, and the ancient source material, I hope to portray the implications of such an undertaking and the possibility of long standing Xenia relationships between Spartan and Samian families.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends prosperity, but death for humans and the birth of wild 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)