#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 21, 2020

Hodie est a.d. IX Id. Mart. 2772 AUC ~ 28 Gamelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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The tour of the Persian Empire continues. This time I’m going through the empire within the empire to dissect Assyria and Babylonia. Within these two satrapies, there were many important administrative districts and geographic divisions including Judea, Palestine, Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Akkad in addition to Assyria and Babylon themselves. With hindsight’s 20/20 this was obviously one the most important parts of the empire, and we’ll go through it in detail.

Juvenal’s Satires, produced some time in the decades around 100 CE, mercilessly mock some of the more colorful aspects of Roman life.

Caligula built a 3-mile long bridge over the Bay of Naples. Why? So he could ride over it to prove someone wrong. Then he marries his third and last wife, Caesonia. Then he fires two consuls for not celebrating his birthday and starts a general purge of governors who are called back to Rome and, in some cases, charged with majestas. There’s conspiracy in the air.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends abundance.

… 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 February 20, 2020

Hodie est a.d. X Id. Mart. 2772 AUC ~ 27 Gamelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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It’s c. 458 BCE and Rome’s troubles culminate in the appointment of a dictator. In this episode we explore the context which leads to the appointment of this emergency position and trace Rome’s progress as she attempts to face enemies on multiple fronts.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends nice breezes.

… 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 February 19, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XI Id. Mart. 2772 AUC ~ 26 Gamelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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On this episode, there are two stories: one from Tunisia, and the other from Italy, about people who take their fate into their own hands to varying, oftentimes disastrous results.

The creature is a sad sea goat who just wants to be with all of his other sad sea goats but, because the Greek gods are the Greek gods, he’s doomed to a life of tragedy. Sorry, sad sea goat.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an outbreak of reptiles and worms.

… 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 February 18, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XII Id. Mart. 2772 AUC ~ 25 Gamelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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The wait is over! Episode one of I, Podius is finally here! On this episode, hosts John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan discuss the inaugural episodes of the 1976 BBC miniseries “I, Claudius.” With stellar performances by Derek Jacobi, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed and many more you’ll want to watch along at home! Plus, John and Elliott discuss why they decided to recap the series and take some “Dispatches From the Empire” –

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a heavy wind and an outbreak of skin disease.

… 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 ~ Classical Social Media for February 17, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XIII Id. Mart. 2772 AUC ~ 24 Gamelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Though initially a critical failure upon release, subsequent re-cuts of the 2004 “Alexander” film by director Oliver Stone has been more positively received, and it has been praised as one of the most historically accurate films to depict the ancient world thanks to the historical consultant Robin Lane Fox. In this loosely-structured episode, we are joined by Trevor Culley of the “History of Persia Podcast” to give our thoughts on the movie and analyze it from both a technical and (more importantly) a historical perspective.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a very fruitful summer.

… 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)