Hodie est a.d. IV Non. Nov. 2772 AUC ~ 16 Pyanepsion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad
In the News
- Scoperto un sito archeologico straordinario in Italia: resti di abitazioni, strade e la sepoltura di un bimbo
- Making The Acropolis Accessible – Greek City Times
Classicists and Classics in the News
- Classics enthusiasts celebrate Halloween via dramatic virtual readings of Greek tragedy – The Daily Free Press
- The statues must go: Brown should not celebrate colonialism
Public Facing Classics
- Roman Times: Selections of jurors and magistrates in ancient Greece
- Four Years of Presidential Memories: The Illegal, Murderous Rapist, Or Herodotus Subtweets a Tyrant – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Four Years of Presidential Memories: A Vote for the Whole Country – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Mercury, Argus And Io, Painted By Govert Flinck (c. 1615-1660) | The Historian’s Hut
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Not Yet
- Four Years of Presidential Memories: A Student Debt Proposal, Collect The Balance In Hell – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Did Cleopatra Really Dissolve a Pearl in Vinegar? – Tales of Times Forgotten
- Shocked at Electoral Outcomes – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- PaleoJudaica.com: News on the Sappho Papyrus
- PLV Inscriptions (Risingham) | Per Lineam Valli
- The Cesnola brothers and the birth of Archaeology
- The new finds from excavations at Vryokastraki
- The Great Philosopher-Emperor You’ve Never Heard Of | by Steven Gambardella | The Sophist | Oct, 2020 | Medium
How did certain people come to be called ‘the Great’? Is the notion of great men and women outmoded? Can anyone today be reckoned ‘great’? Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook take a wide ranging stroll through the annals of time, from Nero to Nixon, with a bit of Trump thrown in for good measure.
What are the conditions needed for a civil war to start? Could we see a modern industrial nation turn upon itself again? Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore examples from ancient history though to Spain in the 1930s and Yugoslavia in the 1990s to work out what it takes for neighbour to murder neighbour.
Join in as we look over the Netflix new show called Barbarians and how historically accurate it is! (hint: it is not).
… To talk through the life of Ancient Rome’s ‘bad boy poet’ (to quote our current Prime Minister Boris Johnson), it was an honour to interview Daisy Dunn, a leading classicist and Catullus’ 21st century biographer. In this podcast Daisy brilliantly talks through the life of Catullus and his remarkable legacy. This was a brilliant chat and I hope you enjoy as much as Daisy and I did recording it.
17th official episode of Spartan History Podcast, Apollo’s faithful.
68 – 98 – The Year of the Four Emperors came out of the chaos of the reign of Nero. Find out how Vespasian managed to steady the Roman ship and whether his two sons would be able to continue his good work in the aftermath.
- The Hellenistic Age Podcast: 054: The Seleucid Empire – Kingship & Governance in the Arche Seleukia on Apple Podcasts
To rule over the largest and most diverse empire of the Hellenistic realms, the Seleucids needed to deal with serious logistical and administrative challenges. The identity of the Seleucid kings can be viewed through either a Macedonian-Greek, Near-Eastern, or Iranian lens. Its administrative system of satrapies and local power holders were kept in check by the peripatetic movement of the king and his court, on a never-ending journey to impose order on an unyielding political and cultural landscape. The Seleucid dynasty would even challenge the nature of time itself by instituting the revolutionary “Seleucid Era” model, which continues to influence down to the present day.
Professor Paul Cartledge has set the record straight on the Ancient Thebans in his new book Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece. Thebes has been ignored because of the spin from, what Cartledge calls, “the snooty and elitist Athenians”.
- [Classical Journal ~ PDF] The Long Shadow of Antiquity
- [Classical Journal ~ PDF] I, The Poet
Online Talks and Professional Matters
See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar
- Yes, You Can Learn to Speak the Language of Plants – The New York Times
- The November 2020 issue of Nestor (47.8) is available
- Pray and Work like an Egyptian Monk – Biblical Archaeology Society
- When Sean Connery Called for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece | GreekReporter.com
- Pompeii’s paintings imperilled by precipitates | Research | Chemistry World
‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:
- Homeromanteion | Online Homeric Oracle
- Sortes Virgilianae (English)
- Sortes Virgilianae (Latin)
- Consult the Oracle at UCL
Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:
If it thunders today, it portends prosperity.
… 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)