#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for the Weekend of July 11-12, 2020

Hodie est a.d. IV Id. Quint. 2772 AUC ~ 22 Skirophorion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Synopsis:  A century after Queen Zenobia, another Syrian Arab warrior queen rises to challenge the power or Rome – and succeeds.  The story of Queen Mavia of the Tanukh. “Mavia, queen of the Saracens, had begun to convulse the villages and towns on the border […]

The first 50 years of Tiberius Claudius Nero’s life was a mixture of wealth, power and cruelty. With symptoms similar to cerebral palsy, the young Claudius was called “a monstrosity of a human being, one that Nature began and never finished” – by his own mother. He was kept out of public life and power by his adoptive grandfather, Augustus, and his successor, Tiberius. He was treated as a fool and a joke by his nephew, Caligula. But after Caligula’s assassination, he took power by force, becoming Rome’s first true IMPERATOR.

Cleopatra maneuvered her way through Egyptian, Greek, and Roman politics, defying the odds to keep the Ptolemaic dynasty going. But what of all the Cleopatras who came before her? In delving into Cleo’s life, I found a host of interesting women in the family that shaped her. But only one amongst them truly set the tone for the dynasty, creating a mold that had Ptolemaic women ruling not from behind their husbands, but beside them. Let’s dive into the wild and crazy ride that was her life.

This edition of Staging the Archive podcast was recorded in March 2020, bringing together Professor Oliver Taplin (Emeritus Professor of Classics, Oxford, and co-founder of the APGRD) and Dr Giovanna Di Martino (Lecturer in Classics, Oxford) discussing Sicily’s privileged relationship with ancient Greek theatre. In particular, they focus on early-mid 20th century performances of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon at the Greek theatre at Syracuse.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a cold spell in the summer which will lead to the destruction of the necessities of life.

… 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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