#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 7, 2020

Hodie est Non. Oct, 2772 AUC ~ 20 Boedromion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Carla Ionescu joins us to fly the flag for the goddess Artemis, and to tell us why she deserves far more credit than she currently receives.

Is the Homeric world make-believe, or is there a juicy, historical core at the center of these exciting adventure stories? We discuss some of the archaeological, geographical, and linguistic evidence for the truth behind the legend. Boar’s-tusk helmets, Nestor’s cup, elaborate burials, a catalog of ships, Hansel and Gretel, casserole – this episode has it all.

Emily Wilson talks to Thomas Jones about three new translations of the Oresteia. They discuss what the texts of the tragedies may tell us about the state of democracy in fifth-century Athens, the difficulties of Aeschylus’ language, why Hamilton may be the best modern analogue to Ancient Greek drama, and how Wilson came to do her own translation of the Odyssey.

Praeses Americānus novō morbō corōnātō affectus; Armeniī et Atropatēnī bellum gerunt; Shinzō Ābē sē magistrātū abdicat; Gallī animālia tuentur.

The city of London has been the home to many stages of society, and the chance to excavate in Liverpool St has given access to numerous periods of archaeological history. In the Roman context there’s a Roman road and the Wallbrook skulls, giving a vivid human aspect to this excavation. Guest: Alison Telfer (Senior Archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology).

Did you think the tale of Hercules/Heracles ended with the completion of his 12 tasks?! If you did, you are in for quite the surprise. Our hero’s mortal journey has only just begun.

Sermo Raedarius 109 Historia Familiae Meae pars 6 et ultima.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends plenty of pulses but little wine.

… 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)