#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for the Weekend of August 29-30, 2020.

Hodie est a.d. III Kal. Sept. 2772 AUC ~ 12 Metageitnion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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I was delighted to be joined by Luke Pepera, a historian, archaeologist and anthropologist with a passion for African history. In this podcast he shines a light on the Kingdom of Kush’s history, particularly focusing on the ancient kingdom’s often-overlooked interactions with Imperial Rome. He explains how the death of Cleopatra and the demise of the Hellenistic Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt paved the way for a major conflict between the Kushites and Romans, where the Kushite warrior queen Amanirenas led her armies against the Emperor Augustus’ legions. Nevertheless, despite this hostile beginning, over the following centuries relations between the Kushites and Romans improved, with both kingdoms co-existing in relative harmony until the former’s demise in the mid 4th century.

This week Abi and Sarah get emotional about Classics, and this time it’s not a result of the overwhelming joy we feel for them (I mean, there’ll obviously be some of that too). Instead, we’ll be looking at one of our favourite duos with affection and a little bit of sadness. I know, right? Versatility! Seriously, though, we never thought a bath could be so emotional. This couple, in our humble opinion, give us one of the greatest moments of Homer’s Iliad – the exchange between Hector and Andromache in Book 6. Tune in to find out more!

Full version of the interview with Prof. Kara Cooney…

Join this episode to listen to myself and the marvellous Dr Antony Makrinos (UCL) discuss the relationships between Western Literature’s oldest author and the big screen….

100 – 60 BCE – The story of the chaotic Roman world that Caesar was born into, and what it would take for a charismatic and talented young man with connections to climb the political ladder of the Republic.

John Barton joined me on the pod to discuss the history of the Bible. Tracing its dissemination, translation and interpretation in Judaism and Christianity from Antiquity to the rise of modern biblical scholarship, Barton elucidates how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and imposed upon it.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it does not portend anything bad.

… 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)