#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 21, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XII Kal. Iun. 2775 AUC ~ 21 Thargelion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Well we have finally arrived at the full-scale treatment of the Aeneid. In this episode we take a close look at the first half of Book 1, the causes of the storm with King Aeolus, Roman pietas, and all that goes into Vergil’s brilliant, epic tour de force. What made the gods so angry? Why did Paris choose Venus instead of Juno? What kind of a bribe will lull Aeolus out of his breezy cavern to stir up the placid sea? And what kind of a hero is Aeneas? Is he pale, wan, and uninspiring, or is there some divine purpose lurking beneath? 

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends the necessity for expiation due to bad news

[Sunday]  If it thunders today, it portends heavy rains and the destruction of sea fish.

… 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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