#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 24, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Apr. 2775 AUC ~ 22 Elaphebolion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Dave and Jeff were searching in vain for Aristotle’s lost treatise on comedy when they stumbled across veteran stand-up comedian Robert Mac (from robertmac.com); and, frankly, who needs Aristotle when you have this guy? Come along as we listen to several clips from Robert’s killer set interspersed with a lively discussion regarding how he builds his bits, what makes a joke work, what just might get him cancelled these days! Did the Greeks anticipate a lot of this stuff? Is there a kind of universal formula for humor? Stay sharp, listener, or you just might find yourself baffled by the barrage of antanaklasis and paraprosdokian. Plato’s Republic would probably have banished Mr. Mac but we’d like to think that Plato himself — ye old stick in the mud — would at least have cracked a wry smile at this episode.

Come dream with me as we go Deep into 2nd & 1st Centuries BCE and experience the Barbarian Wars and the witness curse that would doom The Republic in the catastrophic Battle of Arausio.

Caligula will ultimately spend 6 years on Capri with Tiberius and his entourage. Tiberius constantly plays his grandson and Caligula against each other, refusing to name an heir. Someone is always listening and Caligula’s life depends on the whim of a man whose appetites have been rumored throughout history….

Last week, we told you about the Sacred Band’s first important military victories—victories that depended on the intense trust and love the Sacred Band members had for each other. Victories that showed that the Spartans weren’t so tough after all. But as Spartan control in Greece receded, opportunistic warlords and upstart city-states rose up to take advantage of a power vacuum. One of their most dangerous new opponents was a man named Philip of Macedon—and his 18-year-old son, Alexander.

Michael Fynan speaks with Natalie Haynes, author of PANDORA’S JAR.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends prosperity.

… 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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