Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 24, 2023

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Feb. 2776 AUC ~ 3 Gamelion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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We’ve talked this season about some biggggg characters. Josephus, Napoleon, Shabbetai Zvi. And this week, meet…Babatha. A wholly unremarkable woman, except for the world she opened up for us through the documents found in her abandoned handbag…2,000 years ago. This week, Schwab and Yael explore gender and rights, Roman bureaucracy and the many legal systems in 2nd century Judea, and the value of a good handbag.

The triumvirate is formed, Vorenus and Pullo get their hands very dirty, Cicero pays the ultimate price for his rhetoric, and Brutus and Cassius make the final stand of the Roman republic with an actual battle scene.

Welcome back for Episode 2! Dr. Sara, Luke, and Sam dive into Homer’s Odyssey to discuss tricksy heroes, visits to the Underworld, murderous rampages, and how loose of an adaptation we think O Brother Where Art Thou is.

That’s right it’s time for actually, run of the mill mythology! Okay, it’s Spartan so actually it’s still pretty weird, and confusing… Because you know, Greek mythology. We’re talking Children of Heracles and all the famous Spartans of the Homeric world. Plus, the myth-making that gave us 300.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends disease following a period of shortages.

… 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)