#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 4, 2022

Hodie est pr. Non. Sex. 2775 AUC ~ 7 Metageitnion in the second year of the 700th Olympia

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A.E. (Alicia) Stallings is a highly acclaimed poet and translator. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and, in 2011, a prestigious “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, which recognized her for “mining the classical world and traditional poetic techniques to craft imaginative explorations of contemporary life that evoke startling insights about antiquity’s relevance for today.” Her most recent verse translation is called “The Battle Between the Frogs and Mice: A Tiny Homeric Epic,” and her collection of poems “This Afterlife” will be published later in 2022.

One of the most studied military victories in history, and arguably one of the worst Roman defeats – what went wrong for the Romans at Cannae? In our final episode in the Hannibal mini-series, Dr Louis Rawlings explains just what happened at Cannae in 216BCE, and why that battle is still so important today. With 50,000 Romans dead, 20,000 captured, and only 10,000 managing to escape – Cannae is truly Hannibal’s greatest victory. Using tactics that are still studied and used in modern military academies and in the field, Cannae demonstrates the importance of knowing your terrain, dividing forces – and never underestimating an enemy that’s smaller than you.

We’re on hiatus until September 22. Until then, enjoy this long, binge-able episode on all things Aphrodite. Some of you may be here because you saw our presentation on Transgender Aphrodite at Intelligent Speech. If so, welcome! We thought we’d put together our first long file all about the goddess so you can learn more about Aphrodite–how she was worshipped in the ancient world, the. main mythology about her, and our original deep dive into transgender Aphrodite.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a shortage of food for both humans and animals.

… 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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