#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 16, 2020

Hodie est a.d. XVI Kal. Dec. 2772 AUC ~ 29 Pyanepsion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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18th Official episode of Spartan History Podcast 

East vs West? Maybe. We’re off to Iran to greet the rise of the Persian Achaemenid Empire, the world’s greatest by this point in history. Between Cyrus and Darius, we’ll deal with two Great rulers, but we’ve also got medieval Iranian love poetry, unappetizing royal banquets, Croesus making bad decisions, and kebabs! 

In this newest installment of A.D. History, Paul and Patrick examine Roman Emperor Hadrian, his eponymous wall that’s stood the test of time demarcating England and Scotland, and it’s remarkable impact. As well introducing a remarkable Chinese – yet little known in the West – renaissance man, Zhang Heng. Zhang’s incredible applied intellect, coupled with his innovative gifts are quite literally felt to this very day! 

Following Hannibal’s daring escape from Campania, Fabius’s reputation in Rome lay in shambles. Subsequent victories by the Scipios in Spain and the fierce rhetoric of Fabius’s lieutenant Minucius at last succeeded in having Minucius appointed as co-equal commander of the Roman army. Undeterred by this humiliation, Fabius continued in his single-minded determination to preserve Rome’s army. That selflessness would save Rome from another near disaster when Minucius predictably fell into Hannibal’s cunning trap. 

Theatre buildings in Rome developed over the long period of time from the Etruscan Period and through the republican period, but throughout they were temporary structures albeit on an ever grander scale. In this episode we trace the development and look at the political and social forces in Rome that kept theatre mobile and temporary. 

In 586 BC, the City of David fell to the Babylonians. Today, archaeological excavations continue to reveal evidence of this remarkable moment in history. Come hear about and see some of the extraordinary remains

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an outbreak of locusts and field voles, danger for the king, and an abundance of grain.

… 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)