#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for September 25, 2020

Hodie est a.d. VII Kal. Oct, 2772 AUC ~ 8 Boedromion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Darius the Great is one of Persia’s most infamous kings for many reasons. An illegitimate heir who reunified the empire. The king of the first war with Greece. Conqueror of territory at the far reaches of Persian control. He was many things. He was also a reformer and an administrator who oversaw the implementation of new systems of taxation, record keeping, and political organization. Those reforms formed the basis of Persian governance for centuries to come, and may be his longest lasting legacy.

In this episode, we cover the reign of Ashurnasirpal II, who through a series of ruthless and brutal conquests, completed the transformation of Assyria from a regional power to an empire, the Neo-Assyrian empire, and left it perhaps stronger that it was ever before.

In the short introductory episode of Roamin’ The Empire, Rob and Katie introduce themselves and their backgrounds and talk about their goals and motivations behind doing this podcast.

We’ve had the Battle of Thermopylae with the brilliant Paul Cartledge; we’ve had the Battle of Artemisium with the great Owen Rees. And I’m delighted to say that we are today fulfilling the 2,499 Persian War ‘trilogy’ with the Battle of Salamis. One of the most famous naval clashes of antiquity, it saw a small (largely-Athenian) fleet square up against the mighty Persian armada of King Xerxes. It occurred around this time (c.22 September), 2,499 years ago. I was thrilled to be joined by Professor Barry Strauss to talk through the Battle of Salamis. In this podcast he provides a thorough account of the clash and explains why the battle became so important to the Athenians. Barry is the author of ‘The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece – and Western Civilisation’. He is also the host of the Antiquitas podcast.

Tyler Alderson interviews Dr. Sally Foster about an overlooked group of objects: replicas. Far from being just a copy of an original object, replicas can have their own lives and value. Dr. Foster discusses her research and new book on the St. John’s Cross replica on the Scottish island of Iona, as well as a set of principles and guidance she has helped prepare for working with replicas. 61 minutes.

Murray answers the question from patron Cosma ‘What was the process of hiring mercenaries in ancient armies?’

In today’s special guest episode, I am joined by Dr Denise Eileen McCoskey, Professor of Classics and affiliate of Black World Studies at Miami (OH) University. She has written extensively on the politics of race and gender in antiquity and is currently at work on a project examining the role of eugenics in early twentieth-century classical scholarship. In 2012, she published her book Race: Antiquity & Its Legacy, which will be the topic of today’s conversation. It accounts for the various ways in which ancient cultures thought about race (including race as social practice and racial representations). We also dig into the “Black Athena” controversy a bit and why the field of Classics handled it so poorly.

“In this episode of Amped Up Radio, I sit down to talk with Ryan Stitt, the creator and host of The History of Ancient Greece Podcast. Ryan talks about the thorny issue of historiography in ancient Greece, relating to the lack of reliable sources; what life would have been like if you were a male, female, or slave living in Athens, and Sparta’s eugenics program, whether or not it is myth or reality. In the second half of the show, we talk about how Ryan got into podcasting, some roadblocks he’s come across, and some tips for new podcasters are arriving to the scene!”

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, from civil unrest will come a tyrant, but he will be undone and the powerful will be destroyed completely with serious penalties.

… 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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