Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for September 3, 2022

Hodie est a.d. III Non. Sept. 2775 AUC ~ 8 Boedromion in the second year of the 700th Olympia

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It has been argued that the most influential contribution of Gandhara (modern Pakistan and southern Afghanistan) was its role in the creation of several works of art centered around Buddhist themes, including the first known depictions of the Buddha in human form. However, the Gandharan artists also drew a great amount of inspiration from the traditions of the Greco-Roman world, borrowing Hellenistic designs and mythological figures to tell the story of the Buddha in often powerful ways. Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi, a professor of South Asian history and author of numerous works on India from Alexander the Great through the Kushan Empire, presents a series of examples to not only give context to the Gandharan school within the artistic history of India, but also their ability to adapt many cultural influences to create something wholly original.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends heavy rains and war.

[Sunday] If it thunders today, it portends the downfall of a powerful man and preparations for war.

… 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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