Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 1st, 2023

Hodie est Kal. Mai. 2776 AUC ~ 11 Mounichion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Perhaps a name better known for recent appearances in horror films – Lilith is a woman who’s origins go far beyond that of the Hollywood screens. Often blamed for illnesses, ailments, and male embarrassment – Lilith is force to be reckoned with. So just where does Lilith come from, and can ancient Mesopotamia help shed some light on this misunderstood figure? Sarah Clegg, author of the new book ‘Woman’s Lore’ joins Tristan on the podcast today, to help unravel the myth and mystery surrounding Lilith and her counterparts. Looking at ancient incantation bowl, family’s of exorcists, and Lilith position in modern Feminism – what can we learn about Lilith across history? And more importantly, what can we learn from this formidable woman?

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the flight of the common people and the loss of honour.

… 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)