#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 11, 2020

Hodie est a.d. III Id Nov. 2772 AUC ~ 25 Pyanepsion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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In this week’s episode of PillarTalk, Will rejoins Lewis and Joe for another instalment of ‘Dodgy Deaths’ – this time looking at Georgie, the young boy found beneath the Vindolanda Fort, Alexander the Great’s potential cause of death and La Brea Woman – one of the oldest murder victims in the USA.

In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Stager discusses her work on Greek art, polychromy, and materiality.

Jeff and Dave lead you on a tour down into the Scavi below St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Rome. We take a look at some of the historical and archaeological evidence for the martyrdom and burial of the Apostle Peter. Did Peter die in Rome? Was he buried there? What is the long history of this site, from the reign of Nero, Constantine the Great, and Pope Julius II, right down to the mysteries and intrigue of Pope Pius XII and the brilliant Italian archaeologist Margherita Guarducci? What is so important about the ‘graffiti wall’?

In a wonderful, spirited discussion, Max Dashu discusses her recent research into the warrior women called “Amazons.” How did the Ancient Greek conception of femaleness shape the stories of Amazons that we know today? What is the relationship of Amazon concept to the warrior tribes that existed in the Black Sea region? Was there really a standalone tribe of warrior women? Sean Marlon Newcombe and Dawn “Sam” Alden discuss these concepts with Max.

Join in as we look at the Suevi who go from one of the smallest Germanic tribes in the Iberian Peninsula to nearly driving the Romans out!  Will they leave a lasting legacy in the conquered lands unlike the Vandals or will they disappear into the… 

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders, it portends blessings from the god and the winds shall blow from the east.

… 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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