Hodie est Nonis Octobres 2772 AUC ~  9 Pyanepsion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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For the ninth episode of the History Machine Podcast, Cathal and Niall discuss a relatively unknown pair of Romans who lay the blueprints of conquest for Julius Caesar: Marius and Sulla. Rome is just after expanding rapidly in the Mediterranean, and with an apparent golden age for the aristocracy, political ambitions and social upheaval threaten to tear apart the Roman status-quo. Republic. Gaius Marius, Lucius Sulla Felix, civil war and more with help from the neural network AI: History Machine.

The Year of the Four Emperors in the Roman Empire brings chaos and war. In Gallia, three people claim divinity as they revolt against the empire.

Led by rulers such as Chandragupta and Ashoka the Great, the Mauryan Empire would be the largest empire ancient India had yet seen. Stretching across almost all of the Indian subcontinent into modern Afghanistan and Iran, the Maurya would develop close contacts with the Hellenistic world. We will look at the history and the inner workings of the empire, as recorded by the likes of Megasthenes and Chanakya, and see how this highly developed state managed to sustain itself from 320 to 185 B.C.

In this special guest episode, I am joined by Dr. Liz Gloyn, Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, in the United Kingdom. Her primary teaching and research areas focus on the intersections between Roman social history, Latin literature, and ancient philosophy (particularly Seneca the younger and his approach to Stoicism and the family unit). This research led her to publish her book, The Ethics of the Family in Seneca. But Dr. Gloyn also has a strong interest in classical reception, particularly the history of women as professional academic classicists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as the classics in popular media, such as film, television, and young adult fiction…

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Alia

‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it should thunder today, it portends plentiful vegetables but fewer grapes.

… 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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