#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 12. 2020

Hodie est pr. Id Nov. 2772 AUC ~ 26 Pyanepsion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Our guests this episode were Marguerite Johnson, Alex Purves, Jade Esteban Estrada and Diane Rayor.

In this installment of Roamin’ The Empire, the destination is Orange, in the Vaucluse department of southeastern France, where we explore the remains of the Roman settlement of Arausio and Rob poorly pronounces French words. The city is well-known for… 

The Romans, an ancient conquering civilisation with an empire that spread from Europe across the Balkans to the Middle East and North Africa. For this episode, we are returning to our study of one of the most influential men in Roman History, Marcus Agrippa. Lindsay Powell came back to talk Tristan through the later life of the right hand man of Octavian / Augustus. After bringing about the end of the last civil war of the Roman Republic, and his great victory at the Battle of Actium in 31BC, came Agrippa’s twenty golden years. His loyalty to Octavian unwavering, Agrippa delivered countless architectural and artistic developments to Ancient Rome and other cities across the Empire. Lindsay and Tristan explore the lengths to which Agrippa’s devotion to his Emperor would stretch, whether to marriage or even to gifting his own sons. 

When Julius Caesar conquered Gaul, the Druids suffered a swift and catastrophic loss of status and position. Persecuted and demonized by later Emperors, many fled to Britain, where Roman influence didn’t reach. But eventually, the Romans followed. The Druids were driven the island of Anglesey— the last stronghold of Druidic life and learning. From there, they incited rebellion among Welsh tribes, firing up a fierce resistance. Until finally, standing on the last stretch of beach on the last island refuge, the Druids made a heroic final stand against the Roman invaders. 

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a lengthy period of insomnia for people.

… 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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