Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 20, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XIII Kal. Sept. 2775 AUC ~ 23 Metageitnion in the second year of the 700th Olympia

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Nero built his Domus Aurea between 64-68 and, in doing so, revolutionised Roman architecture. He also built a massive statue of himself, because, hey, why not?

In this minisode I unwrap the sequence of events which befell Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted. Modern studies and archaeology has enabled a narrative to be built of how the eruption played out. I also briefly cover a couple of controversies and myths of Pompeii. Given the situation there is reference to death and suffering.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday] If it thunders today it portends a plague upon cattle and disorder in the state’s affairs

[Sunday] If it thunders today it portends a threat to prosperity and dissent among the common people.

… 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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