#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 19, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XIII Kal. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 7 Mounichion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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After facing decades of civil wars and invasions following the death of Alexander, peace was restored in Macedonia by the capable Antigonid king Antigonus II ‘Gonatas’, who strengthened the kingdom’s hegemony over the Greek Peninsula in a reign that lasted an impressive 40 years. Despite this, we know very little about the man and his exploits. Author and independent scholar Robin Waterfield (“Dividing the Spoils”, “Taken at the Flood”) joins the show to discuss his new book “The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks”, which seeks to chronicle the life of Antigonus and provide a guide through the often-hazy period of the 3rd century BC.

Dr Christopher Siwicki, The Norwegian Institute in Rome, joins the show to discuss how buildings were constructed in ancient Rome.

Hoc sermone loquor de novis officiis meis apud patrem Franciscum, nec non de duobus carminibus quae proximo disco continentur, c.i. “Vale Italia” est.

This week, Anna and Amber are playing catch-up after attending the SAA conference, recovering from vaccine shots, and life in general. We’ll be taking the rest of April off for a short break. In the meantime, please enjoy a cleaned-up version of a Dirt After Dark episode where Anna treats Amber to the story of the Roman emperor Caligula’s absurd pleasure boats on a tiny, tiny lake.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a powerful statesman losing both his reputation and property.

… 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)