#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 7, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VII Id. Apr. 2774 AUC ~ 25 Elaphebolion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Lindsey Davis talks all about her lengthy career bringing Ancient Rome back to life for her readers, and discusses the latest book in her smash hit Flavia Albia series: A Comedy of Terrors.

In this episode we welcome Dr. Ed Watts into the vomitorium. A highly respected historian of Rome from UCSD, Ed talks with Jeff and Dave about his fascinating 2018 book Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny. Come along for the sights, the sounds, and yes, even some of the smells of ancient Rome as Ed explains – to Dave’s chagrin – his antipathy toward Cicero as a person and stylist, but deep respect for the man for his “profound” political insights. Individuals are mortal, but a republic doesn’t have to be. Ed leads us through a careful explanation of the breakdown of Roman society in the final years, and the personal and economic forces that led to tyranny. Be sure to stay tuned to the end where Dr. Watts gives his sobering take on political violence on the American scene. And check out our social media to win 1 of 3 signed copies of Ed’s book we’re giving away, thanks to Basic Books.

It’s time for another episode of The Ozymandias Project with Lexie Henning! Tuck in your togas and hop aboard Trireme Transit for an hour long odyssey as we talk about Pompeii’s toilets and water sanitation, the struggles of funding grad students, and why going to office hours is the greatest advantage for a student.

The discovery of an industrial scale beer brewery at the early Egyptian site of Abydos demonstrates the role of alcohol in ancient societies. Was drinking your dinner on the ruler’s tab a way to keep workers fed, or maybe just to keep them from asking questions like ‘why are we building this stupid pyramid for this so-called king?’

In this episode we discuss Alexander’s love life, his journey to India, and his last epic battle.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends good things and a prosperous Spring.

… 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)