#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 7, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VII Id. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 23 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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This week we’re going deep into biblical archaeology and the fields new techniques with Bar Ilan University Prof. Aren Maeir, who for the past 25 years has led the excavations at Tell es-Safi, more commonly known as biblical Gath. We talk about the Philistines — a complex mosaic of Sea Peoples who migrated to the Holy Land from the Aegean during the biblical era — and about a couple new studies that have recently come out that change perceptions of the Levant in the 9th and 10th centuries BCE.

It’s 218 BC, and Hannibal has made the mammoth journey across the Alps en route to Italy, accompanied by his army, their horses, and their elephants. But the real battle is yet to come, and in this fantastic second episode with Louis Rawlings, he takes us onto the battlefield with the Carthaginian army and into the fight against their Roman and Allied opposition. Louis and Tristan discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each side, and the tactics deployed under Hannibal’s remarkable leadership.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a coughing sickness but also an abundance of fish and fruit.

… 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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