#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for July 25, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VIII Kal. Sex. 2775 AUC ~ 27 Hekatombion in the second year of the 700th Olympia

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Listen to the beginning of Seneca’s “On The Shortness Of Life” read in Latin. Senecae “De brevitate vitae” initium Latine recitatum. This is part of “Lectiones aestivae”, the summer series where I read passages of Latin texts from all ages.

Towards the beginning of the Second Punic War on 21 June 217 BC, a Carthaginian force under Hannibal launched a vicious ambush on a Roman army commanded by Gaius Flaminius. The resulting battle, at Lake Trasimene in Italy, saw a complete capitulation of the Roman forces – with thousands of legionaries meeting their end at the bottom of the blood-sopped waters. In this episode – part of our special miniseries on Hannibal’s wars with Rome – Tristan is joined by Dr Louis Rawlings from Cardiff University to discover more about the terror of Trasimene.

The development of common character types through the travelling troupes. The hierarchy of character, the troupe, and how that reflected society in general. The five main characters: Pantalone Il Dottore Il Capitano Pulchinello Harlequin Minor characters: Brighella Pedrolino Columbine and other female characters The young lovers

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends bad things for a gang of youth and the crops. It will be a time of disease.

… 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)