#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 10, 2020

Hodie est a.d. IV Id. Dec. 2772 AUC ~ 25 Maimakterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Herodotus, the West’s first historian, is also much-maligned as the father of lies. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” superstar historian and lifelong Herodotus fan Tom Holland joins Spencer Klavan to explain the genius of Herodotus and the meaning of his myths, from urinating Egyptians to the divine lineage of the Persians and everything in between.

This is the first episode of Season 2 of Lit & Chill. This season– Oresteia & Chill– these two nerds discuss the Oresteia, a trilogy of tragedies by Aeschylus. Episode 1 summarizes the first play in the Oresteia, the Agamemnon, which dramatizes the homecoming of Agamemnon. We then discuss the play with Dr. Lynn Kozak, Associate Professor of History and Classical Studies and director of Classical Studies at McGill University.

This is the second episode of Season 2 of Lit & Chill. This season– Oresteia & Chill– these two nerds discuss the Oresteia, a trilogy of tragedies by Aeschylus. Episode 2 summarizes the second play in the Oresteia, Women at the Graveside (or the Libation Bearers), which dramatizes Orestes and Electra conspiring to kill Clytemnestra. We then discuss the play with Dr. Andromache Karanika, Associate Professor Classics at UC Irvine.

This is the third and final episode of Season 2 of Lit & Chill. This season– Oresteia & Chill– these two nerds discuss the Oresteia, a trilogy of tragedies by Aeschylus. Episode 3 summarizes the third play in the Oresteia, Orestes at Athens (or the Eumenides or the Daughters of Night), which dramatizes the trial of Orestes for killing his mother, Clytemnestra. We then discuss the play with Dr. Oliver Taplin, Emritus Fellow at Oxford University.

Dan Hoyer and Peter Turchin joined me on the podcast to talk about the new transdisciplinary field of Cliodynamics, which uses the tools of complexity science and cultural evolution to study the dynamics of historical empires and modern nation-states.

Heus, you want to learn Latin? Salve sodalis, you have come to the right place. This is a Latin podcast for beginners. With the series “Litterae Latinae Simplices”, you will set up for a journey into Latin literature, in easy spoken Latin.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a slaughter of humans from disease but an abundance of fish.

… 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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