#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 14, 2020

Hodie est pr. XIX Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 29 Maimakterion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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… As the 14th December 2020 marks what would have been Sutcliff’s 100 birthday, we’ve put together an audio documentary about her life and works, exploring how she engaged with themes such as religion, nature, nationality, sexuality, material culture and disability Roman Britain, as well as her continuing impact today.

In many ways Agrippina can be associated with the worst qualities of Livia – a scheming, deceiving and manipulating. But in her marriage to Claudius you can see a different side of her: an ambitious, capable Empress who made Claudius look good. Part IV of ‘Empresses of Rome’ Guest: Dr Emma Southon (Historian and author of Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore).

An interview with Dr Elodie Paillard discussing her work on the non-elite characters in the plays of Sophocles and what they tell us about changes in athenian society in the 5th Century BCE.. Dr Paillard is Honorary Associate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney and lecturer and scientific collaborator in the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. She is currently leading a research project on Greek theatre in Roman Italy, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is the author of ‘The Stage and the City. Non-élite Characters in the Tragedies of Sophocles’ (Paris 2017). She is currently co-editing two forthcoming collective volumes, one on Greek Theatre and Metatheatre: Definitions, Problems and Limits and one on Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World. In parallel to her interest in ancient Greek theatre, she is also working on the social structure of Classical Athens and the emergence of democracy.

In this newest edition of the A.D. History Podcast, we explore a very unlikely – yet highly revealing – aspect of Roman society, satire. Specifically by exploring one of Rome’s most infamous satirists… Juvenal! For the second segment, Paul breaks down in full exactly how the hell we ended up with the historical concept of the “Five Good Emperors.” If you enjoyed our previous episode’s interview with Sam Aranow, it would be very difficult to consider the acts of Hadrian as “good.” So, what gives? We have the very answer for you!

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends both civil war and abundance.

… 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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