Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 6, 2023

Hodie est a.d. VIII Id. Ian. 2776 AUC ~ 15 Poseideion II in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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‘How did the Romans keep track of who actually completed their years of service? What’s to stop you from deserting and showing up to claim your pension unfairly? Presumably, this could be tricky in an empire of mostly illiterate people from all over the known world without government driver’s licenses or passports’. Murray gives us his thoughts…

It’s that time again! I answer listener questions to mark the start of a new year and to give me an excuse not to research and write a script. We all win!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a coughing illness but an abundance of fish and fruit.

… 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)