#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 1, 2020

Hodie est Kal. Iun. 2772 AUC ~ 11 Thargelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

In the News

Another sleepy Monday for news …

In Case You Missed It

Greek/Latin News

Fresh Bloggery

Fresh Podcasts

The city of Thebes was central to the ancient Greeks’ achievements in politics and culture. For many centuries it has been largely – and often deliberately – forgotten. Join Paul Cartledge in conversation with History Today Editor, Paul Lay, as they discuss Paul Cartledge’s article on ‘Thebes: The Forgotten City’, which is in the June issue of History Today.

It’s time for the final King, Tarquinius Superbus. I chat about his reign, the expulsion and the emergence of the Republic. Tarquin was a King who did as much inside Rome as outside of it. Plenty to talk about. (content includes reference to sexual assault).

In this episode we are joined by historian and Cornell PhD student John McTavish to discuss the Wars of the Diadochi, where the Successors of Alexander the Great fought over a period of 40 years to carve apart his empire and found their own kingdoms, giving birth to the Hellenistic World as we know it. We discuss the problems of early Hellenistic sources and chronology,  diagnose the causes of the empire’s rapid disintegration, and look at the major players and indigenous peoples responses to the power vacuum left by Alexander’s death.

Dramatic Receptions


‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an abundance of fruit with the exception of barley; there will be an outbreak of dangerous diseases.

… 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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