#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for June 28, 2019

Hodie est a.d. IV Kal. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  26 Skirophorion in the second year of the 699th Olympiad

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Iszi meets curator Peter Higgs and discusses how ancient Greek buildings and sculptures were assembled – and how they were destroyed

My guest this week is Legonium’s Anthony Gibbins. You might already know Anthony’s work from his Twitter presence @tutubuslatin and/or legonium.com where Latin meets Lego to form fun resources for learning the language. We caught up on Skype to talk about what inspired Anthony to start Legonium, the novel that moved him to learn Latin, and some tricks of the teaching trade.

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#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for June 27, 2019

Hodie est a.d. V Kal. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  25 Skirophorion in the second year of the 699th Olympiad

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Odysseus – his identity still a secret – spends a very full day as the guest of the King Alcinous and Queen Arete.  Most of the day is spent in Odysseus doing his best to NOT reveal his identity.  But songs sung by the bard Demodocus, and an ugly incident on the sporting field, both nearly blow Odysseus’s disguise.  I pause our story to explore “Homer the storyteller’s” decision to cast the bard Demodocus in such a glowing light.  Finally, I retell Demodocus’ “Aphrodite and Ares” story, and discuss Homer’s purpose in including the story in The Odyssey.  The episode concludes with Odysseus’ “Big Reveal”, and with the Olympian Gods’ reward to the Phaeacians, for being such devout practitioners of xenia.

Stoicism, starting with Zeno in 300 BCE, was a popular philosophy by the lifetime of Seneca, perhaps even making its way into the New Testament.

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#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for June 26, 2019

Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  24 Skirophorion in the second year of the 699th Olympiad

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The first of a two-part topic regarding Women in the Hellenistic Age. Discussions on the perils of childbirth, female poets and scholars, and more raunchy elements like Herodas’ mimes help us better understand the way these women lived and died in a new cosmopolitan world.

The odds are never a problem if you own half the racers. This is a story of a populist who brought down his own people. Born into wealth and unrivalled privilege, at least this particular politician fought in the wars alongside his friends. It didn’t stop him turning on them to save his skin, or indeed turning on his new friends to do it again.

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#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for June 25, 2019

Hodie est a.d. VII Kal. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  23 Skirophorion in the second year of the 699th Olympiad

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Nur Laiq (TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow), Hal Scardino (producer) and Fiona Macintosh (APGRD) discuss We Are Not Princesses, a documentary about Syrian women living as refugees in Beirut telling their stories through the ancient Greek play, Antigone.

By modern standards the Romans had some fairly unusual ideas, which could be putting it mildly when it comes to the subject of adultery. For the most part the Romans were lack lax in repercussions, unless of course you were embarrassing a man of high status.

The Magna Mater is not one of the most obvious gods of the Roman pantheon, perhaps as she got there through rather unconventional means. Her Temple was afforded a grand position on the Palentine Hill, where it could be admired by all Romans who visited the Circus Maximus.

Guest: Dr Roslynne Bell (Associate Research Fellow in Classics, in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne)

Hoc in colloquio, Augustus et Catharina et Iustus de consiliis aestivis colloquuntur.

In today’s episode host Jean Menzies is joined by author and academic Anwen Hayward. They discuss Anwen’s retelling of the Medusa myth, her PhD research, the intersections between creative writing and academia, and monsters in Greek and Roman myth

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#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for June 24, 2019

Hodie est a.d. VIII Kal. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  22 Skirophorion in the second year of the 699th Olympiad

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A conversation with Curtis Dozier, the creator of Pharos – a website dedicated to counteracting the right-wing appropriation of Greko-Roman cultures, primarily via fact-checking and interpreting dubious online writings.

It’s 53 BCE and Marcus Licinius Crassus is tired of watching Pompey and Caesar take all the glory. Crassus raises an army to invade Persia, a gambit which determines Rome’s fate. Meanwhile, Caesar’s divide and conquer tactics reach new heights as he turns the Gauls against themselves.

In the year 26, Sejanus went after Agrippina again, this time by attacking her close friend and cousin, Claudia Pulchra, who was accused of adultery and treason. Agrippina loses her shit and gets all up in Tiberius’ face in public. In the same year, Tibbo finally decided to leave Rome and finally retired to his sex dungeon on the island of Capri. With Tibbo out of the way, Sejanus didn’t fuck around. Almost immediately he made a direct attack on Agrippina and her children

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