#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for September 30, 2020

Hodie est pr. Kal. Oct, 2772 AUC ~ 13 Boedromion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Liz Gloyn joins us to talk to us all about monsters of the classical world and how they are represented in popular culture today.

By the first century BC, the nuisance of piracy had become a plague in the Mediterranean. The Romans dispatched Pompey who freed the way for the expansion of commerce and the Empire. But why was the Mediterranean so important to Rome? How did they go about ruling its waves? And how did they rid the sea of pirates? Rob Weinberg asks the big questions about this important stretch of water to Dr. James Corke-Webster at Kings College London.

How can ancient philosophy help us deal with natural disasters? Are we too reliant on technology? And can anyone truly understand stoicism without suffering? These are the questions we discuss with this week’s special guest, Dr. Anthony Arthur Long,…

It is time to move off the Italian peninsula.  Tribes are trying to settle in Spain and Gaul and make deals with the Roman empire or the rebel leaders who keep popping up. But how can you expect things to go easy if your leader can’t even take a bath…

Champion of democracy, talented orator; listen in on our latest episode to hear of the great Demosthenes, presented with the great Dr Kerry Phelan…

A desperate family become separated while fleeing a war zone in this famous story from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid, 2.624-795. I’m delighted to be joined on this episode by Dr Olivia Knops, from the University of Birmingham, and Ed Harrisson, who has composed all the music for the podcast. We have a good old natter about ancient and modern music, different musical moods, what we know about ancient music and how this can be transformed for modern listeners. The story features a new arrangement of the ancient Greek Seikilos Epitaph, the earliest known musical composition including musical notation.Content warning: war, fire, urban destruction, references to sexual violence.

Dave and Jeff finish off their tour through some of the narrative and aesthetic aspects of Homer’s first epic, the Iliad. Death on all sides, as Patroclus and Hector bite the dust, plus greaves, shields, and the Superman paradox. Come for the appetizers, stay through dessert.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a change in the state from worse to better.

… 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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