#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 27, 2022

Hodie est a.d. V Kal. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 26 Mounichion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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A bonus re-airing of last year’s conversation with author Elodie Harper whose book The Wolf Den is now available in North America. The sequel, the House With the Golden Door is now available in the UK and will be out in North America in September! Liv and Elodie talk about the book, the ancient Lupenar/Wolf Den of Pompeii, and the remains of Pompeii itself.

A Late Byzantine/Early Islamic shipwreck off the coast of Israel has us donning our Speedos once again. Wasn’t this tramp steamer aware of the momentous political and social changes taking place on land? Who cares when you’ve got walnuts and broken glass to deliver!

This episode, it’s all about the three C’s of classical education: Caesar, Cicero and Cheating at trivia contests. We dig into The Emperor’s Club (2002), the oft-forgotten antithesis to Dead Poets Society about how Kevin Kline instills soon-to-be-famous teen actors with moral rigor among by talking about Rome. We discuss the value and shortcomings of teaching classical civilizations, our own pedagogical knacks and how much we’d charge to help an eccentric millionaire cheat at his own trivia contest. Answer: one bottle of nice-ish wine. Justice for Šutruk-Nakhunte!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends omens from the sky appearing.

… 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)