#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 19, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 16 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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We’ve heard the original source for Atlantis, but why is it that Plato’s Timaeus and Critias can’t be termed “myths”? If it isn’t a myth, how do we know that there isn’t some history behind it? This episode details what we do know about Plato’s Atlantis and what that proves. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it’s fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I’m not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.

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If it thunders today, it portends that when the king is victorious, the common people will be stronger.

… 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 18, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XVI Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 15 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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If it thunders today, it portends events in other countries causing the people of rise up.

… 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 17, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XVI Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 15 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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How do you use those tricky Latin particles? A lesson in easy Latin for beginners about the use and meaning of -que, -ve, -ne.

Synopsis: In the mid-11th century BC, the Hittite kingdoms of northern Syria are joined by others– in the Philistine pentapolis, the Amuq plain and the region of Classical Cilicia – with ties to the former Mycenaean Greeks.  The Phoenician cities of the Levantine coast begin to step from the shadow of post-Collapse Egypt.

16 January 27 BC is a date sometimes associated with the beginning of the Roman Empire. It was on that day that Octavian received the name Augustus, effectively becoming the first emperor of Rome. Augustus ordered the gates of Janus to be closed, marking an end to the period of Civil War that had characterised Rome for decades before. Entering into a new era of peace, how did Augustus monopolise peace as a concept, and allow Rome to hold onto this new era and way of life across it’s Empire? This week Tristan is joined by Dr Hannah Cornwell, author of Pax and the Politics of Peace, to talk about this transitional period, it’s reflections in art and monumental architecture, and ultimately, how the Roman Empire came to be.

It’s another January Hiatus episode–this time a cleaned-up excerpt from Dirt After Dark. Amber drags Anna back to Arabia, where we discuss possibly its most famous inhabitant of all time: the Queen of Sheba. We look at the source material and the archaeology before really getting into it to discuss racism, misogyny, and–of course–camels.

In this episode we discuss Percy Jackson book 3: The Titan’s Curse. Featuring: both-sides-ism, a small amount of complaining about philosophy professors, and a pitch for casting Aphrodite. Also, we call Rick Riordan out for fridging. We continue to have mad nostalgic fun with these episodes.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends non-life threatening 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 15, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XVIII Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 13 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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A podcast with Mark Fleishman and Mandla Mbothwe Reimagining Tragedy from Africa and the Global South (ReTAGS) is a project led by Mark Fleishman and Mandla Mbothwe. In this episode, Mark and Mandla discuss the project’s aims, reimagining the concept of tragedy from a perspective in Africa that is directed at the complex challenges of our global postcolonial present and towards our possible futures both inside and outside of the discipline.

Liv speaks with researcher Flint Dibble all about the archaeology of the Mediterranean, what we know about Plato’s Atlantis, and more importantly: what we know about Athens from the Bronze Age and earlier! Twitter threads mentioned in the episode: Atlantis in current pop culture, the dangers of Atlantis “lore”, erotic vases. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it’s fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I’m not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.

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[Saturday]  If it thunders today, it portends a revolt of enslaved persons, their punishment, and an abundance of crops.

[Sunday] If it thunders today, it portends the oppression of the people by the 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 14, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XIX Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 12 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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‘To the Greeks and Romans, the Trojan War was the beginning of all warfare and set the standards for the expected behaviour of all men. How does the epic fit actual history?’ The Ancient Warfare podcast team discuss the latest issue of the magazine X.3 Warfare in the Age of Homer.

The eve of the Greek and Persian wars would see a point in Macedonian history where the transition of power from one king to another would take place. This would see Amyntas after his rule since the mid 6th century pass power to his son Alexander the first at the opening of the 5th. This would take place on the backdrop of Persian advances into Thrace before Macedon would then begin engaging diplomatically. It becomes difficult to tell at what point Macedon would offer earth and water to the Persian empire, with colourful stories entering into the historical record. Though, by the time of the first invasion it seems Macedon had submitted in some form. The marriage of Alexanders sister to a Persian governor, also a relative of Xerxes would seem to indicate this…

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends shortages, an outbreak of mice, and the demise 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)