#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 13-14, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XVIII Kal Quint. 2772 AUC ~ 24 Thargelion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Professor Ray Laurence struck viral gold with his animated Youtube videos depicting teenage life in Ancient Rome. With more students studying ancient history for their HSC in NSW then anywhere else in the world, we chat with Prof Laurence about the allure of Ancient Rome, and the digitisation of historical resources.

In this episode, Rebecca Rideal chats to historian, broadcaster and bestselling author Professor Bettany Hughes about Ancient Greece, virgin sacrifice and her brand new Channel Five series Greek Odyssey. Written and narrated by Rebecca RidealProducer/Editor: Peter CurryVoice Actors: Duncan Barrett and Laura DarrallTheme music: “Circles” by The Broxton Hundred

When we last left Cleopatra, she was creeping out the back door of a chaotic Rome in the wake of Julius Caesar’s death. In some ways, she’s just as vulnerable as she was as a young exile. But Cleopatra is only now, a seasoned leader, and she isn’t one to sit back and let the gods take the wheel on her destiny. She’s managed to harness Rome’s powers in her favor and ensure her family’s continued legacy successfully before. And she can do it again—if she can just figure out how best to play the…

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With an Egyptologist’s perspective, PhD student Henry Bohun joins the show to help explore the complexities of the relationship between the Greco-Macedonian rulers of the Ptolemaic Dynasty with that of their native Egyptian subjects. Despite being Macedonian to the core, the Ptolemies nevertheless saw themselves as heirs and continuators of the Pharaonic tradition, and the ways in which they did are explored in this episode.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends burning hot temperatures but an abundant harvest and a good stream of river fish. But bodies will be weak.

… 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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