Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 27, 2023

Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Feb. 2776 AUC ~ 6 Gamelion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Tony sent this in for Murray to think about, ‘can you tell us anything about the difference in style of combat when comparing late medieval pike vs ancient Sarissa?’

The various dynasties that rose from the ashes of Alexander’s empire proved to be a lucrative source of income for aspiring poets. Ptolemaic Alexandria hosted some of the influential artists of the day, such as Callimachus of Cyrene and Theocritus of Syracuse. Euphorion of Chalcis would move to Seleucid Antioch, and Aratus of Soli would compose his famous Phaenomena under the auspices of Antigonus II Gonatas. These figures would re-define the art of poetry for the next several centuries, and set the standards for literary culture for the entire Hellenistic period.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an outbreak of harmless 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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