#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for the Weekend of September 12-13, 2020

Hodie est Id Sept. 2772 AUC ~ 26 Metageitnion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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In what is a rather unorthodox edition of The Daily Delphi, join myself and Dr Charlotte Goddard for an improvised chat on themes ranging from Renaissance Latin Literature to the toppling of the Edward Colston Statue…

This week, it’s Witching Hour – or to be more accurate – Witching hours, because Abi and Sarah have brought you another two-parter. We know, we know – we’re a delight, and we really make sure you get all the detailed content you could wish for. Or, more accurately, Abi and Sarah found another topic about which they can’t stop waxing lyrical. You guessed it! This week in our episode ‘Witch, Please!’ we’re talking for two glorious hours on the witch, her role in the ancient world, and how (and why….*eye roll* we’re looking at you patriarchy) that role evolved into the one we see today. Part one will introduce to or remind you all about the original witch – the great Hecate – and how badass she was, before looking at one of our most famous ancient strong, independent women (sorry, let us just translate that for you: witch): MEDEA.

Oh hi! You’re back! You must have loved our first of the ‘Witch, Please!’ episodes, because you’ve come straight on over to part two! Right? If not, you should have, because in our totally objective opinion this is also a cracking episode. Have you ever wondered why the Romans hated Odysseus so much? Tune in to Part 2 to hear Sarah and Abi deliver a pretty accurate “performance” of hating the hero. But seriously, this episode looks at the potions of Circe, the poisonous nature of Erictho and the tradition of the witch. Ever desperately wondered how to relate Tony Abbott, former Australian PM and Opposition leader, to the Classics? Tune in to find out! (Spoiler alert: it’s misogyny)

He is required reading at West Point, and yet less known outside the Military world… In today’s Podcast with Emily Baragwanath, the Associate Professor of Classics at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill we discuss Xenophon – who he was, why…

Conqueror. Destroyer. Convert. Legendary king. It’s fair to say that Alexander the Great’s relationship with ancient Persia was complicated. Despite conquering the Persian Empire, Alexander admired and adopted many aspects of Persian culture. Despite sacking the prestigious Persian centre of Persepolis, he honoured the great Persian king Cyrus and married a Persian princess. Alexander may have conquered the Persian Empire, but ultimately this conqueror became a willing ‘captive’ of Persian culture.

An informal look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, topped off with the usual updates from the HotWorld forums.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a serious famine.

… 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)