#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 25, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VIII Kal. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 12 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Many of us have spent a lot of time at home this year. What would that have been like in ancient Babylon? Heather talks about housing in the first millennium BC. What were houses like, who lived in them, and how did they use them? She discusses what…

In this episode from the back catalogue, Dr Bettany Hughes joins Dan to talk about her history of Istanbul which sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Dr. Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her speciality is ancient and medieval history and culture. A Scholar at Oxford University she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht and Manchester. She is a Tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and a Research Fellow of King’s College London. Her new book is entitled Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities.

Cicero is often considered to be one of the greatest orators of Ancient Rome. But how did he reach prominence in Roman politics? Why are his speeches so well remembered and what makes them extraordinary? Catherine Steel from the University of Glasgow joined Tristan to talk through the ascent of this statesman, lawyer and scholar from the Late Roman Republic.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends new business arising among the people.

… 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 March 24, 2021

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 11 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Come along as we follow Odysseus on his ultimate journey—a trip to the LAND OF THE DEAD (cue screeching violins or maybe even Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”). WATCH as our hero cowers from the ghosts of epics past as they swarm like moths to the blood filled pit! WONDER what Elpenor is doing here when he was just eating nachos on Circe’s veranda a second ago! LISTEN to Tiresias’ weird prophecy and Dave’s master class on wheat/chaff separation! WEEP when Odysseus encounters his mother Anticleia’s shade and attempts in vain to embrace her! SEARCH the pantry for some Huggable Portions™ (new from Nabisco!) to stave off that 2nd half of the podcast hunger! Or just tune in—this is good stuff.

Getting back into the Odyssey with the stories of Telemachus, Menelaus, and Orestes.

We meet again with Alexander leaving Egypt and marching to meet Darius to decide who the ultimate ruler of Persia would be. Alexander encounters the riches of the Persia empire and it seems that he begins to loose control of some of his darker impulses. Tune in the learn more about the exciting tale of Alexander the Great!

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends prosperity.

… 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 March 23, 2021

Hodie est a.d. X Kal. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 10 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Ancient Rome’s military machine was legend, taking over lands far outside its capital. But there were always those who fought back against the Empire, giving everything they had for freedom. A few of them even happened to be women. We’re about to go on an adventure with two of them: Boudicca and Zenobia. They’re from vastly different places and eras, but they have something in common: they both went up against the Romans, and for a while, they WON.

Tres sodales imaginibus usi locos considerant, quos singuli desiderant. In hoc colloquio imaginem (vid. infr.) et locum ab Augusto proposita tractant.

Perseus and Andromeda arrive in Seriphos to find the island in chaos. Will Perseus be able to fulfill his quest and set his mother free?

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

if it thunders today, it portends discord.

… 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 March 22, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XI Kal. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 9 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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A detailed look at the Roman art of Pantomime which was the preeminent form of dramatic art during the Imperial period. Dr Elodie Palliard’s thoughts on why Pantomime dominated and how it was used by the Emperors. The origins of Pantomime The performers Pylades, Bathyllus and their relationship with Emperor Augustus Pantomime as a non-verbal performance style Description of Pantomime and the regiment for it’s supremacy over other forms by Lucian The banishment of performers and their reinstatement by Caligula Caligula and pantomime The morality of pantomime 2nd century description of pantomime by Apuleius.

New excavations in caves along the west side of the Dead Sea have revealed fragments of Biblical texts along with astonishing prehistoric remains. They raise the question of how people were getting and out of these caves, hundreds of meters above the Dead Sea, and more importantly, why one of them brought along a basket the size of a minivan. Our panelists offer learned if contrasting opinions.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the destruction of bird, but and abundance of daily necessities.

… 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 March 21, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XII Kal. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 8 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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We speak to Dr. Carolyn Willekes about horses in antiquity: their development and domestication, their use in warfare, their training and breeding, and her many adventures riding horses across Greece, Turkey, Mongolia, and Canada.

The Iceni warrior who led a revolt against the Roman Empire around 60 AD often stands alone in our memory of ancient queens in Britain, but in this episode we explore Boudica’s portrayal in comparison to her contemporaries. In this second half of Tristan’s chat with Caitlin Gillespie, author of ‘Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman Britain’, she also examines Boudica’s legacy, and the outcome of her revolt.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends prosperity after wars and hot weather causing destruction.

… 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)