Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 27, 2023

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

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The Romans were – and still are – infamous for the brutal gladiatorial contests they held in their ancient amphitheatres. But often what made their games so spectacular were the exotic animals they put on show. Viciously hunted on an industrial scale, elephants, lions, crocodiles and even rhinos were thrust onto the arena floor and slaughtered, all for the pleasure of the Roman crowds. In today’s episode of The Ancients, Tristan talks to Caroline Freeman-Cuerdan to explore these beast hunts and the massive industry that lay behind them. Together they discover how the animals acted as both ‘hunter and hunted’ and why Roman statesmen were so obsessed with beasts from far-away lands.

Dr. Steven Fine, director of the Center for Israel Studies at Yeshiva University and an expert in the history of Judaism, discusses the history of the Samaritan people. “The Samaritans: A Biblical People” exhibit leaves Museum of the Bible on April 16, 2023.

A special preview of the Ancient World Cup Final between the Ancient Egyptians and The Romans

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends abundance from imports.

… 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)