#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 13, 2020

Hodie est Id. Dec. 2772 AUC ~ 28 Maimakterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

n.b. I managed to locate some items lost in yesterday’s mishap …

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Greco-Roman historians including Herodotus, Tacitus and Pliny the Elder would have us believe that the Garamantes were simple uncivilized cattle herders, living in sporadic camp dwellings. Until archaeological excavations began in the 1960s, this categorisation remained in place. Luckily, archaeologists like David Mattingly have dedicated years of research to sifting the fact from the fiction in the story of these residents of present day Libya. In this episode, David provides us with the revised version of the Garamantes’ civilisation. This includes masterful innovations in irrigation which allowed the Garamantes to farm two crops a year under the heat of the Saharan sun, as well as evidence of a social hierarchy and engagement in foreign trade. Listen as David turns the stereotype of the Garamantes on its head.

312 – Was this the battle that caused Christianity to become the globally mighty religion that we know today, or did the Christian scribes of history use Constantine as a propaganda tool to push the word of Jesus into the consciousness of everybody?

In this week’s episode we are discussing race and diversity within the discipline of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology, the challenges people of colour face within this discipline and ways we as a department can overcome these obstacles. In the episode we are joined by CAHAE Society members Dan and Tahira, fellow UoM lecturers Dr Hannah Cobb & Dr Roberta Mazza and Tanya from Teach Black Studies UoM. Here the CAHAE society we feel very passionately about making our discipline as inclusive and diverse as possible, we hope in the future we can continue to make progress and change in the wider discipline as a whole.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends plenty, but also disease.

… 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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