#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 16, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XVII Kal. Iun. 2775 AUC ~ 16 Thargelion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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The Persian empire constituted the greatest threat to Greek independence the individual city-states had yet faced. Indeed, it was a threat of such dire concern that its degree would not be equalled until the Roman conquest of Greece in the 2nd century BCE….

A discussion of a sample of the plays by Lope de Vega The Gardener’s Dog: A Comedy The meaning of the title, a plot summary, the major themes. Punishment Without Vengeance: A Tragedy. A plot summary, it’s debt to Seneca, the ironic triangle of anti-heroes, the question of incest, and the violence of the honour culture. The historical context of the play.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the need for expiation due to terrible news.

… 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)