#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 18, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 5 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Gosh, what a year this week has been! Don’t know about you, but we’re ready to Inception ourselves into wonderland, and live out our days in an idyllic ancient dreamworld That’s why today, somewhat hilariously, we bring you What A Wonderful World. Tune in to hear about ancient mythological places, and how the ancients used utopian worlds (anachronism, we know – apologies) to imagine their best lives and scrutinise their real ones. We take you on a whistlestop tour – thanks to a request from one of our listeners – of Atlantis, Cloudcuckooland and Arcadia before joining some surprising dots between the old and new. Who knew that Atlantis, Hobbiton, Stranger Things and Harry Styles all had something common? Same – we can’t tell you how often we’ve thought about that exact group of completely unrelated miscellaneous things!

At the Battle of Cannae, 2 August, 216 B.C., Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca administered one of Rome’s most crushing military defeats. Depending upon the ancient source, Roman losses on the Apulian battlefield numbered anywhere from roughly 50,000, as Livy relates, to around 70,000, as Polybius insists. Hannibal had enacted a double envelopment of the Roman army, a maneuver widely considered to be a tactical masterpiece that is to this day studied in war colleges around the world.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends that foreign affairs will lead to a popular uprising.

… 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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#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 17, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVI Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 4 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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This is the story of Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. Known to us as Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. Or just “Nero”. On this episode, we ask – how is it possible that a man tutored and guided by one of the most famous Stoic philosophers, Seneca, would end up with the reputation as one of history’s worst tyrants?

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If it thunders today, it portends the outbreak of non-fatal diseases.

… 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 January 16, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVII Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 3 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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In this episode the Ancient Warfare team are between issues of the magazine, so Mark suggested they discuss coups in the ancient world.

Τριάντα οκτώ ηθοποιοί του ΚΘΒΕ, εν μέσω καραντίνας, ένωσαν τις δυνάμεις τους κι έντυσαν με τις φωνές τους, υπό τη σκηνοθετική καθοδήγηση της Έφης Δρόσου, το μνημειώδες έργο της Οδύσσειας, όπως το απέδωσε με την αριστουργηματική του μετάφραση, ο διακεκριμένος φιλόλογος, ο πανεπιστημιακός δάσκαλος και μεταφραστής αρχαίων συγγραφέων, ο κριτικός λογοτεχνίας και δοκιμιογράφος, ο συγγραφέας και τέως καλλιτεχνικός διευθυντής του ΚΘΒΕ Δημήτρης Μαρωνίτης…

Katie & Cairo focus on men & masculinity in Greek Mythology in the second of a two part episode on gender in mythology

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the people being oppressed by their king.

… 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 January 15, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVIII Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 2 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Her legend afforded her a place alongside Eve, Cleopatra and Venus, to name just a few of the famous women whose biographies were collected by Giovanni Boccaccio in 1361-2. Though not a household name as the others may be, Tomyris’ story contains all of the hallmarks of an epic. Tomyris was Queen of the Massagetae people, from present day Central Asia, in the 6th century BC. She is remembered in Herodotus’ first book for her vengeful challenge to the bloodthirsty Cyrus the Great. To talk about Tomyris, Queen and commander, Tristan was joined by Christian Djurslev of Aarhus University.

Our guests this episode were Roberta Mazza, Sandra Boehringer (trans. by Annie McCarthy), Marguerite Johnson, Malcolm Choat, Mike Sampson & Ariel Sabar.

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  • If it thunders today, it portends a slave uprising, their subsequent punishment, and an abundance of 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 January 14, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XIX Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 1 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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The Roman republic is in full swing and it’s time for the first decemvirate! The growing discontent amongst the population is reaching breaking point according to our narrative sources…

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a shortage, a plague of mice, and the death of four-footed animals.

… 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)