Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 4, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IV Non. Oct. 2775 AUC ~ 9 Pyanepsion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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In this episode, Malinda and Nicole discuss myths where people turn into plants. Featuring special guest David Bullen. Please note this podcast contains strong language and references to sexual assault. Mythcrashers is a podcast about stories by enthusiastic myth megafans – we weren’t invited to the party, but we came to talk about myths anyway. Each episode, Malinda and Nicole discuss a different mythic story, and ask important questions like: if you could turn into a plant, which would you choose? Which of the plagues of Egypt was really no big deal? Why are so many men in myths absolute garbage? Join them, producer Chrissie, and a series of creatives who work with myth in their own practice for an irreverent romp through the stories we tell over and over.

The ancient Greeks and Romans thought a lot about what it means to live a virtuous life. They believed that good character was essential for achieving both individual excellence and a healthy, well-functioning society. For this reason, they also thought a lot about whether virtue could be taught to citizens, and philosophers put this thinking into practice by attempting to educate the moral ideals of leaders. My guest, professor of philosophy Massimo Pigliucci, explores what the Greco-Romans discovered about the nature and teachability of virtue in his new book: The Quest for Character.

Octavia was, in many ways, the very model of a modern Roman matron. As the older sister to Octavian, later Augustus, and a wife of the powerful figure Antony, she was respected and admired by her contemporaries for her loyalty, nobility and humanity, as well as for maintaining traditional Roman feminine virtues. Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University).

It’s that time again… SPOOKY SEASON! This episode celebrates FIVE YEARS OF SPOOKY! With clips and stories from all of my past Halloween episodes, and there have been a lot of them. Fresh new Spooky Season episodes coming the rest of the month.

The werewolf myth as we know it today generally involves getting bitten by a werewolf, transforming during the full moon, and being very susceptible to silver bullets. But werewolves in ancient Greece and Rome were a little different. Join us for a spooky-season deep dive into ancient werewolf mythology from thousands of years ago. We’ll take a look at the pre-Christian origins of the werewolf myth and its connections to death, starvation, cannibalism, and transformation.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the lower classes gaining the upper hand on their superiors and the mildness of the air will be healthy.

… 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)Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 3, 2022