#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 6, 2020

Hodie est a.d. VIII Id Nov. 2772 AUC ~ 20 Pyanepsion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Alexander the Great. One of the most recognisable names in history. In his short lifetime he conquered the mighty Persian Empire and marched his army as far as the Indus River Valley. But it is important to remember that Alexander’s achievements were only possible because of his father Philip. It was Philip who transformed the Kingdom of Macedon from a backward domain into the dominant power in the Central Mediterranean. It was Philip who reformed the army and created the force that would serve as the nucleus of Alexander’s famous victories. Both were extraordinary leaders. Both embodied a charismatic style of leadership that helped transform them into semi-legendary conquerors..,

Classicists in Transition, a podcast by the Ghent Institute for Classical Studies, hosted by Dimitri Van Limbergen and Alison John. In this episode, we talk to dr. Julie Van Pelt on the theme of uncertainty.

Tyler Alderson talks with author Adrian Goldsworthy, whose new book Philip and Alexander explores the lives of the two men who turned ancient Macedonia from a fringe Greek state into a powerful empire. While much of the focus has been on Alexander, Goldsworthy discusses the vital role that Philip played in setting his son up for the successes that earned him the name “Alexander the Great.”

J.Soth listening via youtube asks, ‘How were cataphracts, Thessalian cavalry and companion cavalry etc able to use shock tactics without spurs and other knightly equipment?’

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends borers destroying the grain crops.

… 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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