#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 4, 2020

Hodie est pr. Non. Iun. 2772 AUC ~ 14 Thargelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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When an emperor passed away it gave the Roman empire a chance to reflect on his reign. If he wasn’t terrible and the circumstances allowed it, he would be deified and worshiped as a god throughout the empire. Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University)

This week the prestigious Cell journal has put on its cover a really cool new study of ancient animal DNA that was taken from Dead Sea Scrolls’ parchment. There are a lot of surprising findings so we’re speaking with Pnina Shor, the founding Curator and Head of the Dead Sea Scrolls unit in the Israel Antiquities Authority to get some background.
In a super interesting, but quite lengthy conversation, Shor gives a Dead Sea Scrolls 101 and explains the many iterations of her unit’s conservation and digitization efforts since the scrolls were found in a chance discovery by a Beduin shepherd in 1947.

At the Battle of Actium, the fabled lovers Antony and Cleopatra made a doomed last stand against Julius Caesar’s heir, Octavian. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan and Cornell historian Barry Strauss talk through the battle that ended the Roman republic, and the sex, treachery, and feuding that transformed the world.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends clouds and rain leading to mouldy dampness and rotting fruit crops.

… 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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