Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 8, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VI Id. Nov. 2775 AUC ~ 15 Maimakterion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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The anchor was the most recognizable image associated with the Seleucids, who used it as their dynastic seal to symbolize their royal authority. Its origins are interwoven into the stories of the dynasty’s founder, Seleucus I Nicator, as omens and prophecies associated the anchor with his imperial destiny. These stories might have been tied to the now-lost Seleucus Romance, but the anchor continued to be used by later monarchies, a testament to the lasting appeal of Seleucid kingship in the Near East and Central Asia.

In which we’re joined again by Caroline Lawrence, who is shocked by Soranus’ terrible advice about breastfeeding. Meg tells us about the ancient Greek baby shower (aka the amphidromia ritual), while Barney reveals the ancient Sumerian word for midwife.

The fabulous Dr Emeka Okorocha joins Jasmine today to discuss all things healthcare and medecine. Dr Emeka gamely answers Jasmine’s pop quiz of Classical diagnoses to see if he can tell what the patient was suffering from, as well as managing to keep a straight face while she reveals some of the ancient cures. Hippocrates of course is discussed, whose oath Doctors even now have to commit to before they start to practise.

First, Liv reads a selection from the new translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, by Stephanie McCarter, because it’s ARACHNE and it’s AMAZING. Then, the cursed legacy of Thebes, the stories of Ino and Semele.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends gluttony emerging from dangerous diseases.

… 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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