#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 16, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVII Kal. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 10 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Dēclārātiō Kunmingēnsis; Kurz abdīcat; Lībanus; Tsai Ing-wen lībertātem dēfendit; Senātor Britannus interemptus; Baetylus in domum dēlapsus; Fīnēs aperientur.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends people being so weakened as to be unrecognizable.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 15, 2021

Hodie est Id. Oct. 2774 AUC ~ 9 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Classical Athens had a principles-based legal system that echoes in many legal systems today. Emeritus Professor Edward Harris, University of Durham, makes a return appearance on the show to discuss what court trials were like in the Classical Athenian period.

Murray is flying solo again this week. He tackles the question ‘why didn’t the Persians react faster to the invasion of 336 BC?’.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a shortage caused by a hot, dry wind affecting the crops.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 14, 2021

Hodie est pr. Id. Oct. 2774 AUC ~ 8 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Lucius Vorenus and Niobe finally get some semblance of happiness before it is cruelly snatched away from them, Julius Caesar finally gets some semblance of happiness before it is cruelly snatched away from him, and Titus Pullo finally gets some semblance of happiness. Raising Standards, an occasional rewatch podcast of HBO’s Rome, hosted by Rhiannon Evans and Matt Smith of the Emperors of Rome podcast.

Rome is a gorgeous palimpsest of history and no one knows that better than archaeologist Darius Arya and speleologist Adriano Morabito. Darius and Adriano join Erica for an afternoon chat about Rome.

A theatre, a gymnasium and houses with colonnaded courtyards: these are the hallmarks of an Ancient Greek city. So what are they doing in the city of Ai Khanum, far east of their origins in present day Afghanistan? In this first part of Tristan’s chat with Milinda Hoo, she takes us through the structures found in this ancient city, and what they tell us about the infrastructure and origins of Ai Khanum. Milinda is a global and ancient historian at the University of Freiberg, specialized in globalization and Hellenism across Central and West Asia.

Dads who devour their children. Disembodied baby heads. Corpses that stand up on the battlefield to prophesy doom. Women who return from the grave to carry on steamy affairs. The Ancient Greeks did ghost stories…a little differently. This week, we team up with Liv Albert from Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! to bring you three ghostly tales from ancient Greece that will send a shiver down your spine.

Appius Claudius: what a man, what a couple of decemvirates! But while the title of this episode might have given some things away, it’s all about how it happens.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends war and the death of flocks.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 13, 2021

Hodie est a.d. III Id. Oct. 2774 AUC ~ 7 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Perseus has his hands full when he enters the Gorgons’ cave – and Dr. Kate Birney says it’s remarkable that our hero was able to juggle Hermes’ sword and that magical bag while brandishing Athena’s shield at the same time. In Mythlet 2, we find out more about that magical shield, which Dr. Birney says was probably like the enormous shields that Greek warriors carried into real ancient battles.

Today the guys tackle the life and work of public intellectual Joseph Campbell, best known for his theory of the monomyth which proposes that all hero narratives are, at root, simply variations on the same story. Once they get past the irritating, almost Forrest Gumpian nature of Campbell’s self-mythologizing biography, Dave and Jeff get down to the stages of the “journey” itself. Behold calls to adventure, tests, mentors, katabaseis, resurrections; and a Frodo, Harry, Katniss, and Skywalker hiding behind every veil. Questions beget questions: is the Christian narrative just another “hero’s journey”? Can we blame Campbell for Jar-Jar Binks? And perhaps most importantly—where’s the best place in the hero cycle to stop off for some soup?

Do you even Argo bro?!? Christie Vogler is back with us again but we’ve decided to leave her name out of the title tos ave money on digital ink. We’re back with Ray Harryhausen’s most celebrated film, Jason and the Argonauts, in which Colin’s cat does battle with a Zoom background of Talos, the Bronze Giant. Should this movie actually be a heist film? Is Jason really such a hero? Why do we expect historic/mythic settings to feature British accents? How do special effects affect storytelling, especially myths? Can skeletons swim? We get into these and many more topics this is love child between prestige sword and sandal and B-theater creature features.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If i thunders today, it portends good things for business and general prosperity. The man who controls the governent with a heavy hand will not be strong for very long.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 12, 2021

Hodie est a.d. IV Id. Oct. 2774 AUC ~ 6 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends prosperity but very heavy winds.

… 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)