#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 28, 2021

Hodie est a.d. V Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 15 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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18. Carmen Gütschow: Archaeological conservationCarmen introduces the work of an archaeological conservator. She discusses the issues that arise in different materials, and the range of treatments and tools she uses. What are the pressures of…

Xerxes captures Athens while the Greeks decide on how they should challenge the Persians.

The first historical figure we will be covering in season 2 is none other than Alexander the Great! In this episode, we cover Ancient Greece, Ancient Macedonia, the Persian empire, and Alexander’s family background. Our coverage of Alexander will be followed by Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt. But how are Cleopatra and Alexander connected? Tune in to find out!!

Hoc in colloquio, Augustus et Iustus Hygini fabulam de Pyrrha et Deucalione legunt et tractant.

From Northern Britain to the Near East, Roman tombstones have been uncovered on various far flung frontiers of the Roman Empire. Dedicated to those auxiliaries and legionaries that perished far from home, guarding a distant border of this ancient empire. These objects provide an extraordinary insight into the lives of these fallen soldiers and how they were honoured. But these memorials don’t just provide information about the tomb’s deceased occupant. They can tell us so much more. About variation in tombstone designs, about the larger military community stationed on that frontier and about the importance of legacy for these soldiers. To talk through this astonishing topic, Tristan was delighted to be joined by Ewan Coopey, from Macquarie University in Sydney. A Roman tombstone fanatic, Ewan has done a lot of research into funerary monuments on Roman frontiers, particularly regarding those belonging to Legio VII, based in Dalmatia.

What made the rites at Eleusis, which continued throughout classical antiquity, so moving or even life changing?

Our guests this episode were Roberta Mazza, Marguerite Johnson, Malcolm Choat, Mike Sampson, Usama Gad & Katherine Blouin.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an abundance of fish, but death for the flocks

… 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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