#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for September 4, 2020

Hodie est pr. Non. Sept. 2772 AUC ~ 17 Metageitnion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Heus, you want to learn Latin? Salve sodalis, you have come to the right place. This is a Latin podcast for beginners. With the series “Litterae Latinae Simplices”, you will set up for a journey into Latin literature, in easy spoken Latin.

Did Julius Caesar actually say: “I could kill you faster, then I could threaten to kill you?” It’s on the internet. So it has to be true. Right? Rob, from the Historical Detective Agency tries to find the truth.

The NYU’s professor elaborates on how to better understand and live through today’s social and moral turmoil by learning from the great theater works of antiquity. Meineck illustrates what Greek drama can teach us about understanding trauma, being informed voters, embracing difference, and what we should, and shouldn’t, expect from leaders and heroes.

J.Soth listening via youtube asks, how was all the intense cavalry action possible in ancient history? Thessalian diamond formation charge, companion cavalry charge/melee engagements, Numidian light cavalry etc. without use of the stirrup or more modern saddle technology? If it’s all with a rope or cord and thigh gripping, then they must have had some seriously chiseled legs.

Time for a delve into the History Hit ancient history archives! In this podcast Dan Snow sits down with the brilliant Adrian Goldsworthy to ask the big questions surrounding the success of Imperial Rome. Why did the Roman Empire last so long? What were the keys to its success? Why were its soldiers so effective? And so much more. This podcast was initially released on Dan Snow’s History Hit, for the publication of Adrian’s book ‘Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World’ in 2016. But it has certainly not lost its quality!

During the civil war of 238CE no less than six Emperors were vying for the purple. When the dust finally settled on the child Gordian III remained in power, not because he was the best person for the job, but because he was the most convenient. Guest: Dr Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the downfall of a powerful man and preparations for war.

… 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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