#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for May 30, 2019

… continuing the feasibility study …  seems okay so far  (might need to put some bullets in or something for clarity) … plans for a video-packed weekend edition on Saturday

In the News

Plutarch’s advice for the Tory leadership candidates | The Spectator

Russian archaeologists appropriate over a million Crimean artifacts  | Ukrinform [not sure about this source]

Archaeology: Finds at Forum site in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv ‘change view of history’ | The Sofia Globe

Herod as No One Has Dared to Show Him Before  | Israel News

In Case You Missed It

Georgios Papathanasopoulos – Famed Archaeologist Dies at Age 95 | Argophilia

Fresh Bloggery

An Island Archaeology of Early Byzantine Cyprus | Summertime Fragments

Language bites: grammar, consensus, and identity | University of Wisconsin Press Blog

Cato the Elder Endorsing Misogyny in Online Forums | Pharos

Fresh Podcasts

The History of Ancient Greece Podcast: 094 – New Leaders and New Strategies 

In this episode, we discuss the years 427 and 426 BC of the Peloponnesian War, including the destruction of Plataea, civil wars in both Megara and Corcyra, and Athenian campaigns in Sicily, central Greece, and northwestern Greece.

‎Emperors of Rome: Episode CXIX – Fragments of Early Roman Literature 

While we are lucky that much Roman literature from the late republic and the imperial period comes down to us complete or almost complete, most of the historical and poetic works from the mid-republic have been lost and only survive in fragments.


The episode opens in year seven of Odysseus’ long, largely undocumented sojourn on Calypso’s island.  Odysseus is longing for home, apparently unmoved by the promise of immortality with a goddess.  Up on Mount Olympus: Athena pleads Odysseus’ case, Zeus relents, and Hermes is sent to Calypso’s island with orders that “Odysseus must be set free”.  And as the episode concludes, Odysseus the master wordsmith engages in careful rhetorical diplomacy, tactfully soothing the wounded pride (and the jealousy) of a most-unhappy goddess.

Child Emperors Part 1: Sharks in the Womb | Ancient History Fangirl

In ancient Rome, being made Emperor could be a death sentence. Experienced generals and statesmen lasted weeks or months sometimes. In some cases, children were raised to the role. What became of them? Part 1 of our series looks at two very different kinds of child tyrant: Elagabalus and Caracalla.

#7 Audite: with Charlotte Higgins 

My guest this week is Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture Writer at The Guardian and author of Under Another Sky: Journeys In Roman Britain and This New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC. Charlotte is currently working on a third book, which we discuss over the course of the podcast alongside the beginnings of her Latin education, her admiration for a particularly excellent and important teacher, and the ways in which the classical world has informed her journalism.

Fund Drive Special – Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire Series (Part 3 of 3) – KPFA 

Today, we hear part three of the part series of Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire. In this episode we focus on the rise of the ancient empire that came out of the destruction of the republic with leading expert on ancient military history Barry Strauss.

Book Reviews

#BMCR Antonia Sarri, Material Aspects of Letter Writing in the Graeco-Roman World, 500 BC-AD 300. Materiale Textkulturen, 12. 

#BMCR Arlene Allan, Hermes. Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World.

#BMCR Stefanie Samida, Die archäologische Entdeckung als Medienereignis. Heinrich Schliemann und seine Ausgrabungen im öffentlichen Diskurs, 1870-1890. Edition Historische Kulturwissenschaften, 3.

Greece is the word for the New Yorker’s Comma Queen | The Spectator


Hate Groups Love Ancient Greece and Rome. Scholars Are Pushing Back | Undark