#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 2, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IV Non. Sex. 2775 AUC ~ 5 Metageitnion in the second year of the 700th Olympia

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It’s the end of Season 7! We can’t believe we made it…something like 42 episodes later? It’s been a wonderful, weird, challenging, and heartbreaking season, for many different reasons. Find out what went on behind the scenes, and what we’ve got planned for the future. We’ll be back September 22. Have a great summer!

This is a teaser of the bonus episode, Return of the Heracleidae found over on Patreon. The return of the Heracleidae would be a story the Dorian Spartans told themselves pointing to their legitimate rule over the lands they occupied. It would form the basis of their founding myth, connecting their existence back to the hero Heracles. The children of Heracles would be exiled from the Peloponnese after the heroes death. Though, the following generations would attempt to regain control of lands they saw as being rightfully theirs, as it had been Zeus’ intention that Heracles was to have become a great king there, before being tricked by his wife Hera.

Things aren’t looking good for Helen in Egypt, but then Menelaus rolls in and… makes things more difficult.

Adrienne Mayor is renowned for exploring the borders of history, science, archaeology, anthropology, and popular knowledge to find historical realities and scientific insights–glimmering, long-buried nuggets of truth–embedded in myth, legends, and folklore. Combing through ancient texts and obscure sources, she has spent decades prospecting for intriguing wonders and marvels, historical mysteries, diverting anecdotes, and hidden gems from ancient, medieval, and modern times. Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws: And Other Classical Myths, Historical Oddities, and Scientific Curiosities (Princeton UP, 2022) is a treasury of fifty of her most amazing and amusing discoveries. The book explores such subjects as how mirages inspired legends of cities in the sky; the true identity of winged serpents in ancient Egypt; how ghost ships led to the discovery of the Gulf Stream; and the beauty secrets of ancient Amazons. Other pieces examine Arthur Conan Doyle’s sea serpent and Geronimo’s dragon; Flaubert’s obsession with ancient Carthage; ancient tattooing practices; and the strange relationship between wine goblets and women’s breasts since the times of Helen of Troy and Marie Antoinette. And there’s much, much more. Showcasing Mayor’s trademark passion not to demythologize myths, but to uncover the fascinating truths buried beneath them, Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws is a wonder cabinet of delightful curiosities. More Episodes New Books Network

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

  • If it thunders today, it portends both an outbreak of disease and a shortage of the necessities of life.

… 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)