#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 21, 2021

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

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Ecce! Here it is, the tearjerking, heartbreaking, bird-shrieking, deeply satisfying reunion between long-lost Odysseus and his heroic son Telemachus. Jeff and Dave guide you through all the action as Tely returns to the hut of the humble swineherd Eumaeus (swineherd good, goatherd bad, cowherd so-so) to rondezvous with dad. Don’t miss Eumaeus’ backstory, plenty of bird omens, and Odysseus dodging stool legs while disguised as a beggar. You not only get Jeff’s penetrating literary analysis, but you also learn he has some bones to pick with Homer over these extended lessons in xenia (do we need so much wine, meat, and sparkly robes?) in these “troughy” books. And be sure to smirk derisively at Dave’s typical string of self-indulgent, piffling puns. Achoober? Srsly?

University of Cambridge Emeritus Professor, Dr Paul Cartledge, joins the show to discuss commerce in archaic Greece.

A plague which affects people from across society, the mass exodus from city centres and numerous opinions on how best to stay well … all familiar to people today, but also to the people of the 2nd century AD. In this fascinating chat with Dr Nick Summerton, from our sibling podcast The Ancients, we explore the causes and effects of the Antonine Plague, the guides to healthy living from Galen, Marcus Aurelius and Aristides, and whether there are overlaps with the current situation. Nick is a practicing doctor and is the author of ‘Greco-Roman Medicine and What it Can Teach Us Today’, published by Pen & Sword.

It’s time for a special episode of The Ozymandias Project with Lexie Henning! Tuck in your togas and hop aboard Trireme Transit for an hour long odyssey as we discussed her path from journalism in Lebanon into gaming, using the Bible to trick her mom into not confiscating her books, potentially using “Old World” to teach history, increasing female representation in the gaming industry and inspiring women to break stereotypes. Note: The Ozymandias Project team elected to release this episode during what is normally our off-week to spotlight a powerful woman in response to the recent resurgence of a sexual harasser in the podcasting/entertainment space. This is a content warning regarding sexual harassment. If this subject is triggering in any way, please skip right to the episode itself, beginning at 1:46.

Alexander returned to Persia from India to begin the work of ruling his new empire. He seemed frankly uninterested in dealing with the logistical nightmare that was the governing of his new empire and he was already planning a southern campaign into Arabia. At the age of 32 in 323BC, Alexander caught a fever and died soon after. It’s at this point that the story often ends, but what happened after the death of Alexander? This episode, we cover the Wars of the Diadochi. Who will inherit Alexander’s Empire? Tune in to find out!!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends plentiful crops but war for the state.

… 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)