#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for September 23, 2019

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Octobres 2772 AUC ~  25 Boedromion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Laura joins David to talk about Greek Myth Comix, which started when she made an pact with one of her Classical Civilisation students to get back into drawing. She discusses her favourite graphic novel authors and writers, the difficulties in adapting the ancient world for modern audiences (and why she wasn’t a fan of the BBC show Atlantis), and when Greek Myth Comix got onto the front page of Reddit. Laura also chats about her work on the Amarantus and his Neighbourhood project from Cambridge School Latin, which aims to teach kids about life among the lower-classes of Pompeii.

In the limited amount of ancient history we have, many women have been swept under the rug. It’s difficult for historians to really know much about ancient women, as little could be written about them. In the book Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World , author Emma Southon looks at one of the few Ancient Roman women that was written about. A mother of an emperor and eventual empress, Southen argues that historians may have it wrong about Agrippina. West Lafayette Public

In the rapid changing landscape of world history occurring in 11AD to 20AD, Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote dive into the shocking rule and fall of Wang Mang’s Xin Dynasty, and give a closer look into the death throws of the Roman Republic under the rule of Augustus and rise of Tiberius….

Quintus Sertorius could lay claim to a position among the greatest generals of ancient times. A loyal Roman, who lost an eye defending the Roman frontier, fortune then pitted him against the Roman military machine and some of its premier commanders, including Pompey the Great. 

Having chosen the wrong side of the first civil war, he fought through it with courage and integrity, but at its conclusion he was forced to flee the purges of Sulla. He was then invited to command the rebellious barbarian tribes of Spain. By energy, force of will and genius, he captivated his men and turned the light, irregular troops into a force that smashed the Roman armies that were sent to bring the Spanish tribes back under the Roman yoke. After a series of campaigns, he gathered other Roman refugees and established a state that imitated that of Rome. Ultimately betrayed and murdered by the local aristocracy, the story of Quintus Sertorius, a man who swam against the tide of Roman history, has largely and unjustly been forgotten.

De fele quae cor patris mei exhilarat.

In episode four of Undeceptions, John Dickson speaks with Teresa Morgan, a professor of Graeco-Roman History at Oriel College, Oxford University about what life was like for the average person living on the outskirts of Rome at the time of Jesus. What did they believe and what shaped their ideas of the ‘good life’. And how did the arrival of Jesus change everything?

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it should thunder, it portends a time of shortages during the winter.

… 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)

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