Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 5th, 2023

Hodie est a.d. III Mai. 2776 AUC ~ 15 Mounichion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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‘Is there today or has there been anyone trying to conduct larger-scale experimental archaeology to try and answer some of the common questions about certain infantry tactics/tropes such as the othismos and open vs closed order legions?’ Murray tells us about experimental archaeology.

Athens had now taken the decision to send aide to Corcyra after having swayed from one side of the argument to the other. However, the assistance would be limited, with it being defensive in nature. Athens would send a small force of 10 triremes to Corcyra to lend their support with the commanders being instructed they were to only engage the Corinthians if Corcyrean territory was directly threatened. This decision taken by Athens did not deter the Corinthians however, they would still set in motion the fleet that had been assembled. This would end up seeing the Corcyrean and Corinthian fleets meeting in a naval engagement known as the battle of Sybota in the waters between Corcyra and the mainland. Athens with its 10 triremes would also line up within the Corcyrean battle line where they would face the Corinthian contingent….

Liv speaks to bestselling author (and now four time guest!) Jennifer Saint about the heroine Atalanta and her new novel by the same name. Follow Jennifer on Instagram and find Atalanta wherever you get your books.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, political hardships will be exchanged. Wheat will be more plentiful than barley, but vegetables will be ruined..

… 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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