#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for August 1, 2019

Hodie est Kal. Sextilies (Augustas) 2772 AUC ~  1 Metageitnion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

Apologies for missing yesterday’s edition … laptop connectivity issues.

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Macrinus has made a treaty with the Parthians and at long last, the two mighty empires are at peace. It likely won’t last, but at this point it matters little: now he can finally get down to the business of ruling the empire.

Guest: Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

After winning the Alexandrian War and restoring Cleopatra to her throne, Julius Caesar returned to Rome. And then—he kept busy. Settling an insurrection among his troops, getting himself declared dictator for another 10 years, cleaning up the resistance, packing the Senate with his friends, and throwing himself not one, not two, not three—but four epic Triumphs.

All Caesar’s barriers to power had been removed. Now there was no one to stand in the way of doing exactly what he wanted with the Roman Empire.

According to the historical evidence, the first stirrings of philosophical inquiry began 2600 years ago in ancient Greece with a group of thinkers known as the Presocratics (or pre-Socratics). In this episode we try to shed light on these early pioneers of philosophy.

Our guest is André Laks, professor of ancient philosophy at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Laks is the co-editor of the recent 9-volume Harvard Loeb edition of the early Greek philosophical fragments – the first comprehensive edition to be made in over a hundred years.

My guest this week is Maria Wyke, Professor of Latin at University College London. Maria and I we talk about everything from her own Classical education, to presentations of Ancient Rome in film, to the ways we can use the ancient world to understand ourselves. Maria also had some excellent advice for young pupils of Latin who might be asking ‘why’ they’re studying an apparently dead language.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If there is any thunder today, the state will prosper and there will be an abundance (of wealth?).

… adapted from the 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)

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