Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 29, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IV Kal. Nov. 2775 AUC ~ 5 Maimakterion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Carmina Nona: Ovid writes to one of his few remaining friends.

Congressus Sīnēnsium…

Welcome to Episode 3 of our Ancient World series, in this episode Bettany heads to the Bay of Naples, where in the middle of a volcanic landscape a Roman city now lies underwater. The Roman city at Baia is now submerged due to volcanic movement, the site has become a vast archaeological marine park, with statues, villas and mosaics visible underwater. Often referred to as the Las Vegas of the Roman world, it was the playground of the Roman elite. Bettany heads to Baia to see the site and Lucy finds out more about how it has become an archaeological park, allowing visitors to explore the remains by diving or snorkelling in the clear waters of the bay.

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “How can I speak Latin fluently?”. The full answer is in the (Y)PLC course (opening soon!), and here’s a little preview.  Si plura consilia huius generis audire vis, scito cursum meum provectioribus discipulis destinatum mox iterum propositum iri! Si certior de hoc fieri vis, nomen da in pagina infra posita!

The night before battle, a nervous young officer consults a witch, who promises to raise the dead to prophesy for him… Adapted from Lucan, Civil War, 6.413-830, followed by a discussion of Roman witches, zombies, and a lengthy digression on horse rearing!

We spoke with Tim Brooks of the Endangered Alphabets project about the cultural importance of scripts, the pressures on marginalized and isolated scripts, his beautiful wood carvings, and the various initiatives he and his group have been working on to support script revitalization and creation around the world.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends a year of serious disease. 

 [Sunday] If it thunders today, it portends not only prosperity, but fewer enemies and good cheer for the state.

… 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)