#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 27, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 21 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Do you encourage your children to stay in their beds at night by telling them that, if they get up, a vampiric meany will sneak in through a window and slurp their haematids? No? Well, the ancient Greeks would like to have a talk with you about your parenting skills. Keep your favorite apotropaic talisman handy as we mull the blood-thirsty Mormo, disengawk the seductive Lamia, and evade the, um, dung-footed Empousa (!) in this spooky season special. If you make it through that gory gauntlet, then wander along with the guys into Athens’ most-haunted house while keeping an eye out for spectral arrivals of dead relatives. Also, home-buying pro-tip: always have the inspector check for basement mold and shackled skeletons beneath the lawn before dropping your deposit.

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “public art?” What is it? Who is it for? What is its purpose, anyway? In this episode we explore these questions, and more, through the lens of ancient Greco-Roman sculpture with archaeologist and educator Laura Aitken-Burt.

Joined by super extra awesome guest Donna Zuckerberg, we dig not down but up and out of hell with the 2020 rogue-like (or rogue-lite) dungeon crawler Hades by Supergiant Games. Yes we’ve switched gears to video games, which are like movies, but ones you play. Pretty early on we reveal we’re all BIG fans of this game and we really relish getting to dive into the all the many creative, engaging and inclusive ways it merges mythology, storytelling and game-play into one fantastic package.

They’ve seen wars, the bottom of the ocean and even – bizarrely – been part of a boxing match. The story of how the Parthenon Marbles actually ended up in London’s British Museum is a wild tale featuring bribes, court cases and some extremely dodgy deals. There’s been a centuries-long campaign to get them back to their homeland. Now, a team of Greek-Australians have decided that the time for diplomacy is over and a new tactic is required.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the same thing [as yesterday? or more thunder?]

… 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 26, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VII Kal. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 20 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an abundance of animals, but they will not have enough water.

… 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 25, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VIII Kal. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 19 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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To fight against the Roman empire and then make an alliance with them took a certain courage and tenacity. In this episode we are introduced to Mavia, the warrior queen of the semi-nomadic Tanukhids, who did just that. Dr. Emran El-Badawi, associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston, takes us through the things we know and the things that are speculated about Mavia. Emran also places her within the context of the 4th and 5th centuries CE, and discusses her legacy and connections to Moses.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends misery as a result of misfortunes.

… 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 23, 2021

Hodie est a.d. X Kal. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 17 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Some things are eternal. What does Persephone have in common with Sidney Prescott? Or Antigone with Marion Crane? Let Vanessa tell you all about it… Find more about Vanessa’s study of horror in myth and Greek tragedy here, and follow her on Twitter for more. 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.

Saab in diciōnem Americānōrum redditus; Americānī in Haitiā captīvī; Colin Powell vītā functus; Sīnēnsēs in caelō; Alitalia dēcoxit; Carmen Mola dētecta; Catulus servātus.

If you are a beginner / lower intermediate Latin learner, and reading Seneca’s first letter to Lucilius (on the use of time) in the original version, and ACTUALLY understand it, is something you are looking forward to, then this free course is for you. And if you are a passionate teacher searching for new, engaging teaching methods for your students, then this course is also for you.

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[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends the people being incredibly happy. [Sunday] If it thunders today, it portends discord among those in power leading to the common folk oppressing others.

… 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 22, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XI Kal. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 16 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Their love affair has fascinated us for ages. In this episode, learn about the beginning of Antony and Cleopatra. Cleopatra put on possibly the greatest PR display of all time and even from here, 2000 years later, I assure Antony didn’t stand a chance.

Thanks to Paul for sending this in, ‘what is one battle where sources agree but you don’t?’ It is a great question and one we may revisit on a full episode of the podcast.

…. In this episode I talk to Prof. Eric Cline about the discipline of archaeology and his book 1177 BC where he talks about the late Bronze Age world and the Collapse it would suffer. He details the various evidence that has shown itself in the historical record to help us understand what was happing during this world changing period of time…

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends bad weather and an outbreak of skin diseases among the people.

… 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)