#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 24, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Iun. 2775 AUC ~ 24 Thargelion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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A family commits suicide together to escape Nero’s prosecution, while others just get stabbed to death. But Tacitus’ explanations for Nero’s behaviour still leave us scratching our heads.

Persephone is tired of always being tied to her mother’s side. But when she runs off to attend a picnic with her friends Athena and Artemis, her curiosity leads to a terrifying fall and the beginning of a perilous journey…

How does a curse like theirs filter down the generations? The fate of the family of Cadmus and Harmonia, and their own…

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends great evils of the sort that cause people to die from grief.

… 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)