#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 26, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VII Kal. Apr. 2775 AUC ~ 24 Elaphebolion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Today we depart slightly from a focused look at ships, and branch out to consider mythology that has some loose ties to ships. The Greek mythological king and hero Theseus of course slew the Minotaur, but today we explore the ties of that story, and others, to Athenian naval ambition. Later politicians like Pisistratus and Cimon used the myths of Theseus to help promote the spread of the Delian League, and today we consider this evolution. We also consider the myths, and ties they might have to sacred ships in Athenian history. We also discuss a philosophical question that is known as ‘The Ship of Theseus,’ although we really don’t find any answers. But it’s fun to think about.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday]  If it thunders today, it portends the arrival of slaves.

[Sunday]  If it thunders today, it portends prosperity imported from abroad.

… 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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