Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 26, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 3 Poseideion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Welcome to The Classics Podcast Does…Ancient History A Level, designed for students, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the ancient world! Episode 3 features Greek historians Dr Maria Fragoulaki and Professor Paul Cartledge examining the reasons why the Athenians lost the Peloponnesian War.

Welcome to The Classics Podcast Does…Ancient History A Level, designed for students, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the ancient world! Episode 3 features Greek historians Dr Maria Fragoulaki and Professor Paul Cartledge examining the reasons why the Athenians lost the Peloponnesian War.

The playwright Menander of Athens (342/341 – 290 B.C.) was the most renowned comedic author of antiquity, surpassing even Aristophanes in popularity. As the father of the New Comedy, Menander moved away from biting satire to draw humor from the interactions of everyday people, popularizing the use of “stock characters” and romance plots that audiences could appreciate regardless of background or education. Of his 108 plays, only one has survived in complete form (The Dyskolos or “The Bad Tempered Man”), and in this episode we will delve into the history of New Comedy and Menander’s works in particular.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday] If it thunders today it portends a civil ware and many deaths.

[Sunday] If it thunders today it portends the same.

… 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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