#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 26, 2020

Hodie est pr. VII Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 11 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Photos| Egyptian authorities bust fraudulent antiquities trafficking ring – Egypt Independent

I TESORI VESUVIANI. Colonne e vasellame antico, scavi nella Zona X a Piazzolla di Nola – il Fatto Vesuviano

Rome reopens the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Emperor of Christmas | ROME REPORTS

Italy: Pompeii to open ancient ‘street food’ diner to visitors

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Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Church Built On The Site Believed To Have Hosted The Last Supper – Greek City Times

Mausoleo di Augusto, the tomb of the Emperor Augustus, to open in Rome | CNN Travel

Ancient Spartan Dialect Still Alive Despite Ravages of Time and Fortune | GreekReporter.com

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The Pope’s Latin teacher – The Oldie

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[Ephemeris] LIBERTATIS MILITIA

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Was the date for Christmas decided at the Council of Nicaea (AD 325)? – Bad Ancient

PaleoJudaica.com: Nativity narratives: new Moses and new David

PaleoJudaica.com: What Was that Christmas Star?

Roman Times: A Roman cavalryman’s emergency brake

AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Articles Published in the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology in 2020

Travel Plans for the Holidays: On to Bethlehem with the Protoevangelium of James – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Archibab News: Décembre 2020

Tired Oxen, Heavy Feet – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

Why Does Donald Trump Like Neoclassical Architecture So Much? – Tales of Times Forgotten

PaleoJudaica.com: More on those reconstructed Temple courts floors

PaleoJudaica.com: Christmas 2020

PaleoJudaica.com: Herodium

Roman Times: Roman plunder

Virgin Birth in the Wilderness: The Apocryphal Gospel of James for Christmas Eve – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

Bestiaria Latina Blog: Centum Verba: Leo et Canis

He Wrote a Bad Latin Theme – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

PaleoJudaica.com: The recasting of John the Baptist?

PaleoJudaica.com: On that first-century house in Nazareth

Didn’t Get What You Wanted for Christmas? Tell Cicero or Xenophon – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

Spencer Alley: Gods and Heroes in Marble from 16th-Century Italy

Paris’ Prologue 27: Alternative Version: Paris Receives His Name Paris after The Judgement of Bulls: spannycattroy — LiveJournal

A Child’s Letter (P.Mich.XMAS) – Mycenaean Miscellany

Banking, Trade & Commerce In Ancient Phoenicia

Paris’ Prologue 28: Alternative Version: Priam Asks Paris to Return After Judgement of Bulls: spannycattroy — LiveJournal

The Chariot: Plato’s Concept of the Lover’s Soul in Phaedrus

Fresh Podcasts

‎Roamin’ The Empire: Episode 7 – Noviodunum on Apple Podcasts

In this episode of the Roamin’ The Empire podcast, we take a look at the Gallo-Roman site of Noviodunum, located among the present-day town of Jublains in the Mayenne department of Northern France. Not to be confused with a number of other settlements…

‎Ancient Warfare Podcast: AWA: Roman Wedges on Apple Podcasts

What do you want to know about Roman Wedges? Murray has the answers.

‎Dan Snow’s History Hit: History Legends: Michael Wood on Apple Podcasts

Michael Wood joined me on the podcast to talk about his career as a historian.

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Rome reopens the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Emperor of Christmas| Rome Reports

Luke 2. 1-14- The Birth of Jesus according to Luke the Apostle (in Ancient Greek) | Walter M. Roberts III, PhD

Odyssey Rhapsody 24. Athena Steps In. Center for Hellenic Studies. Bettina Joy de Guzman 

Odyssey Rhapsody 24. Nereids & Muses Mourn. Center for Hellenic Studies. Bettina Joy de Guzman 

Pompei: riaffiora intatto il Termopolio della Regio V. Le parole di Massimo Osanna | Pompeii Sites

Il termopolio della REGIO V – Le parole del Ministro Dario Franceschini | Pompeii Sites

Book Reviews

VDI en mémoire de S. R. Tokhtasev | Spartokos a lu

Online Talks and Professional Matters

See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar

SCS Calendar: Classics, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology Webinars

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Ancient Greek Theaters of Sicyon and Messene are Treasures of the Peloponnese | GreekReporter.com

The History of Wonder Woman’s Amazonian Contest – Nerdist

Greek Artist Created a Snow Sculpture of Poseidon in Astoria Park | community , general news | The National Herald

When philosopher met king: on Plato’s Italian voyages | Aeon Essays

Thebes of Myth and History – CounterPunch.org

British villa in Rome holds secrets from Nero to the Nazis | News | The Times

Tornos News | Hellenic Museum in Melbourne to offer virtual course on Ancient Greece in January

Rediscovering the Antonine Wall £2.1m project makes mark | Glasgow Times

British Elementary School Students Ask For Parthenon Marbles To Return To Greece – Greek City Times

The top 10 archaeological finds in Turkey and North Cyprus in 2020 | Ahval

Antigone’s Lesson for America | archive , opinions , guest columnists | The National Herald

‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends diseases for enslaved persons.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 24, 2020

Hodie est pr. IX Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 9 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

n.b. I doubt I’ll be putting out an edition of #Thelxinoe tomorrow morning … Merry Christmas to all those celebrating!

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The Greeks challenge the Persian fleet at Artemisium in the first naval engagement of the war.

Aaron discusses the ideas from his new book, The Idols of Isis: from Assyria to the Internet. The ISIS video of men smashing statues in Mosul Museum reminded him of a lost scene from Sargon’s palace. What are images? Why do we need them? Can they ever…

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.

The clichéd Christmas: white snow, hot fires, mulled wine and a feast. This might not be the case were the holiday not to fall on 25 December and, although many things have been missed in 2020, the usual questions of whether this is the right date arrived reliably on time. So, for this episode, Tristan spoke to Professor Matthew McCarty to find out whether Christmas Day was really placed in December to supplant non-Christian worship, in particular that of Mithras. Matthew is Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of British Columbia. He has been directing the field excavation of a mithraeum in Apulum (Romania), the first scientifically excavated mithraeum in the province of Dacia. In this festive episode, he shares his insight into the social dynamics of ritual practices in the sanctuary at Apulum and elsewhere.

If you know anything about Mithras, you might have the impression that he was kind of a proto-Jesus. Turns out that’s wrong. Think of this as less of a seasonal episode, and more of a seasonal myth-busting episode. Get ready for the epic story of a bull-slaughtering, mushroom-tripping, light-bringing, Emperor-pee-drinking, hierarchy-maintaining, Smurf-hat-wearing cosmic warrior.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends civil war for the cities and a plague for forest creatures.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 23, 2020

Hodie est pr. X Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 8 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Rob Cain goes on a rant about modern and ancient heroes. He discusses the heroes of literature and reviews the heroes celebrated on TV as he was growing up. What is a modern hero? What is a classical one? Do heroes pay a price? 18:45 into the podcast a musical tribute is given to Khaled al-Asaad, a Syrian archaeologist and the head of antiquities at the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Khaled al-Asaad refused to reveal the secrets of ancient artifacts of the city to the ISIL Militants and was beheaded for his bravery.

Historyland’s Josh Provan joins Alina to talk all about the murky period of the 25th dynasty and Piye’s conquest of Egypt

This week Dave and Jeff wade into the deep waters of Greek Tragedy for the first time with a two-part look at Euripides’ Alcestis. Even devotees of tragedy may not be familiar with this one! But before we get there we poke around at a few questions: why did tragedy arise in Athens?  Why did actors wear masks, and what’s a deus ex machina? Then it’s on to Euripides himself—a poet well ahead of his time and the man the Athenians loved to hate—and his macabre marital masterpiece Alcestis. Apollo and Thanatos (NOT the purple guy) trade rap-battle insults while hubby Admetus behaves so insufferably maybe you’d die to get away from him too!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an outbreak of disease, but not a harmful 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 22, 2020

Hodie est pr. XI Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 7 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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From the outbreak of the Second Punic War to the Battle of the River Trebbia, in this two-part podcast Dr Louis Rawlings, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University, dives into the events of 218 BC and the incredible leadership of Hannibal. In this first episode, Tristan and Louis discuss the background to Hannibal Barca’s march to Italy, before focusing in on one of the greatest adventure stories from antiquity: Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps.

Is Christmas an ancient ritual or was it invented by Dickens? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss the transformation of Christmas from public to private event and decide when it became a commercial rather than spiritual celebration.

In this episode from the History Hit archive, Dan talks to Kevin Butcher about the Roman festival of Saturnalia. Held between the 17 and 23 December, Saturnalia invloved plenty of drinking, gift-giving, and a sense of a world turned upside-down.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a hot summer and plentiful crops.

… 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)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 21, 2020

Hodie est pr. XII Kal. Ian. 2772 AUC ~ 6 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

… happy Solstice!

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‘Classicist in Transition’, a podcast by GICS Ghent, hosted by Dimitri Van Limbergen and Alison John. In this episode we speak with Adeline Hoffelinck on ‘Challenge’.

Though the longest-lived and most wealthy of the Hellenistic “Big 3”, the Ptolemaic rulers in Egypt have never really held the distinction as a major military player in the violent struggles of the Hellenistic period, instead often seen as decadent and lazy as per the writings of those like Polybius. Dr. Paul Johstono joins us to discuss his new book “The Army of Ptolemaic Egypt, 323-204 BC: An Institutional and Operational History”, which seeks to challenge this claim and reassert the role of the Ptolemaic kingdom as a significant military force in the Mediterranean, capable of meeting the demands of maintaining a large land and sea empire amidst powerful rivals and often inhospitable environments.

An interview with theatre director Jimmy Walters about his 20217 production of Trackers of Oxyrhynchus by Tony Harrison. This version of the Satyr play ‘Trackers’ by Sophocles was originally performed by the National Theatre in 1988. Jimmy’s revival in 2017 was at the Finborough Theatre in west London. In conversation we discussed the approach to the play and the way the adaptation by Tony Harrison put current social concerns at the heart of the play, which still remained true to many aspects of the original Greek play.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the arrival of a hot and disease-carrying wind.

… 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)