#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 6, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VIII Id. Apr. 2775 AUC ~ 5 Mounichion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Or as we like to call it “It Should Have Been Set on Crete.” Join us with special guest from Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! Liv Albert as we dive into the semi-historical, semi-mythological world (maybe alternate dimension?) of BBC’s Atlantis (2013). This show is a real who’s who of mythological characters and British character actors (Vincent Reagan once again graces our screens). We get Oedipus, Minos, Ariadne, Pasiphae, Circe and many others. At the center of our adventure are our heroes: a debauched Hercules, a love-interest Medusa, an oddly historical Pythagoras, all led by an uncharacteristically competent and often shirtless Jason. Overall, this is a light-hearted and often enjoyable but deeply shallow take on ancient mythology which, ironically, felt a little out of time on network TV circa 2013.

When Aphrodite gets with mortals, crazy things happen. Aphrodite’s affair with the Trojan Anchises lead to the birth of the Trojan prince Aeneas, a man who’s much more interesting before the Romans ever got their hold on him…

A conversation with Filippomaria Pontani (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) on the ways that Byzantine scholars engaged with classical texts, and their place in the transmission and study of classical literature from antiquity to the present. In addition to manuscripts, we talk about commentaries, lexika, and encyclopedias. The conversation is based on the magisterial survey that Filippomaria published recently, ‘Scholarship in the Byzantine Empire (529-1453),’ in the volume History of Ancient Greek Scholarship from the Beginnings to the End of the Byzantine Age, ed. F. Montanari (Brill 2020).

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends civil wars.

… 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)