#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 12, 2021

Hodie est a.d. IV id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 1 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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The way food was sourced in the City of Rome changed in the Middle Ages. Dr Caroline Goodson, University of Cambridge, joins the show to explain.

Elodie Harper joins us to talk about taking fragments of lives from the ruins of Pompeii and turning them into a smash hit novel.

Dave comes into the Vomitorium in a bit of a gloomy mood, and what’s on tap in these books does not look like it will help much. All the planning and scheming by Odysseus finally comes down to this—the suitors (and a goodly portion of the house staff) get what’s coming to them, and only a handful of the loyal survive. Is this grisly, but acceptable justice? Athena (disguised as Mentor) wants it, so it has to be ok, right?  Dave seems to agree, but Jeff (softie that he is) says, “hold up a minute”. Can we dismiss the death of the hapless Leodes, and especially the execution of the maids so easily?  As they say, it’s complicated. LISTENER WARNING: this episode contains a grisly description (from the text of the Odyssey) of hanging and dismemberment at approx. 53.00 on. So if younger children listen, use discretion.

In this week’s episode, Alice and Nicolas interview Roman historian Dr Jon Coulston. Jon is an expert on Roman military culture and ancient representations of war. He gives us a fascinating introduction to one of the most detailed and influential military monuments to survive from the Roman Empire: Trajan’s column. Commemorating the emperor Trajan’s victory over King Decebalus of Dacia in 106 AD, the column narrates the story of two historic campaigns, giving us valuable insights into real-life events and Roman military practice. Its depiction of the Dacian Wars is not purely historical, however; the sculptors who carved it drew on long-established traditions of representing warfare and created scenes that conformed to shared ideals and expectations of how war should be conducted and victory achieved. As we discuss, Trajan’s column offers fascinating insights into Roman habits of visualising war. Jon also talks about the influence it has had on later habits of representing victory, imagining good generalship and conducting campaigns…

Roman romance novels! Pederasty! Penis Nicknames ! In the first part of our new series on the history of Christian sexual morality, we dive into the world in which this new faith was birthed and spread: the pax romana of the high Roman Empire. Featuring Mikala Casey

Oral transmission! Nine-year-old moms! Finding out Jews are, like, fine, with Jesus! In part two of our series on the history of Christian sexual morality, we get 87% more kosher, looking into the culture that birthed Jesus, the faith that claims his name, and the rabbinic tradition that has so come to dominate our understanding of the OG Abrahamic faith. Featuring Dr. Rebecca Kamholz

In our newest episode of the A.D. History Podcast, we witness the meteoric rise of the Sassanid Empire; a power that will make an indelible mark on the history of the world over the next four centuries. Furthermore, we look into the Roman emperor Elagabalus, a Roman emperor who wasn’t truly all that Roman at all…

In episode 32 Jo is joined by writer and classicist Daisy Dunn, who talks about her passion for ancient history and discusses her book ‘In The Shadow of Vesuvius’. Plus she takes on the Quick Six.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends disaster for fish.

… 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 May 11, 2021

Hodie est a.d. V id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 29 Mounichion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Dr. Bruce W. Frier, University of Michigan Law School, University of Michigan, joins the show to discuss the composition of contract law in Rome.

Forget the Games, ancient Olympia’s importance stretched much further than simply being the birthplace of its namesake sporting festival. Boasting hundreds of years of history, at its height this critical sanctuary was home to some of the most stunning art and architecture in the ancient world. Its cultural history is astonishing, known about by scholars thanks to both an extraordinary amount of archaeology surviving and several vital ancient literary accounts. In this second episode of our mini-series on ancient Olympia, Professor Judy Barringer from the University of Edinburgh shines a light on Olympia’s early history and how the site rose to become one of the most important religious centres in the ancient Greek World. Judy is the author of Olympia: A Cultural History.

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If it thunders today, it portends abundance from both land and sea.

… 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 May 10, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VI id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 28 Mounichion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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For something a little different this month’s release is part 2 of a collaboration podcast I was fortunate enough to record with Mark from Casting Through Ancient Greece.  …  For part 1 of our collaboration we discuss our entries and influences into the ancient world in a conversational format. Mark rounds out that section with a discussion about the Athenian democracy’s formation. In this, part 2, I start off discussing the possible veracity of the Lycurgus myth and we finish with an analysis of Spartan and Athenian contributions to the Greeks ultimate victory in the Persian wars.

The satirist Lucian (c. 125-180) was popular in his own time and during the Renaissance, among other things probably being the first author of science fiction.

A conversation about the earliest forms of theatre, the Greeks, Dionysus and more with performer and podcaster Rosie Beech. Rosie has a masters degree in Social Anthropology and applies the rigours of that subject to her knowledge of the earliest forms of theatre and the role of religion, women and much more in Greek Theatre.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends storms, heavy rains, and serious river flooding with an outbreak of lizards and reptiles.

… 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 May 9, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VII id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 27 Mounichion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Traditionally believed to be ‘windows to the soul’, the health of eyes in the Roman Empire could be compromised by lamentable hygiene practices, unclean public baths and dusty roads. But without modern medical remedies, how did the Romans look after their sight? Dr Nick Summerton is a practicing doctor and author of ‘Greco-Roman Medicine and What it Can Teach Us Today’, published by Pen & Sword. He came back on the show to discuss eye care in Ancient Rome: the tools, practitioners and processes.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a plague, but not one which is particularly dangerous.

… 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 May 8, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VIII id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 26 Mounichion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Hoplites were Greek people, most of which were citizens, who fought in battles as their city-states required. Dr Adam Schwartz, University of Copenhagen, joins the show to explain this military post in ancient Greek history.

For this episode I take a break from our narrative to bring you a collaboration that I had teamed up with Steve from Spartan History Podcast to record. We went into this conversation without any scripts and just a rough plan of what we wanted to cover. Steve’s series, Spartan History Podcast, takes a deep dive into the history of the Spartans, beginning back in Mythological times. He is currently in the stages of how the institutions and practices that would define the Spartans were developing. I would encourage everyone to check out his series as I am sure you will learn some elements about the Spartans that I bet you didn’t know about before. For this episode we begin by talking about ourselves and how we got into the podcasting world. We also look at what drew up towards Ancient Greek history. The conversation then evolved of many different tangents around Greek history, but we would come to focus on three many areas. I would look at the founding of Democracy in Athens with the early stages of its development. Steve then takes us for a closer look at Lycurgus and the question of if he was a historical figure. We then turn to the Greek and Persian War looking at who out of Athens and Sparta had been the most influential in their victory of Persia. The collaboration has been split over two parts, with this episode being part 1. Part two is hosted on Steve’s show over at Spartan History Podcast. Below are a number of links to help you find his show and his social media pages, though he is easily found on all good podcast platforms.

In an in-depth interview with expert archaeologist Tali Erickson-Gini, we hear that he who controls the spice (or garum and wine) controls the ancient world

In this second part of our two-part series on the origins & evolution of democracy in Classical Athens and its relationship to Athenian Citizenship, Katie & Cairo talk about the political life & legacy of Pericles in Athenian Democracy.

Joined by three fantastic first year students from UT Austin, we continue our discussion of Netflix’s miniseries as we get into episodes 4-6. We discuss how this show has updated the tale for this generation of viewers and how it compares to the 2004’s Troy. What characters work and don’t work for us? Do we want a good or a bad Hector? Are the gods necessary or superfluous? Is what this show needs just more blood? Also witness the exact moment when Colin realizes Aeneas was Dean Thomas in HP. Answers to these and many more await, along with repeated plugs for Shadow & Bone.

In our newest episode of the A.D. History Podcast, we witness the meteoric rise of the Sassanid Empire; a power that will make an indelible mark on the history of the world over the next four centuries. Furthermore, we look into the Roman emperor Elagabalus, a Roman emperor who wasn’t truly all that Roman at all…

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it is a bad omen for the common 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)