#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 25, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VII Kal. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 13 Mounichion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Our guests this episode were Chris Mason, Tracey Walters, Vanessa Stovall, Marguerite Johnson, Katherine Blouin and Usama Gad. You can learn more about our guests and where to find them on our website. You can read Vanessa’s full article on WAP here.

We launch the first of a special, three part miniseries on the Netflix/BBC original on the Trojan War. Joining us is UT Classics professor and archaeologist Dr. Adam Rabinowitz who is currently teaching a class on the stories of the Trojan War. We talk about our initial reactions to episodes 1-3, as well as more broadly on the show’s place in the modern TV landscape. Is this series actually about family more than love or war? Is there much more to Helen’s character than we might detect on first viewing? Why is an extra hammering bronze? What’s with the ostrich?

Caesar Octavian, Mark Antony, Decimus Brutus and Cicero: the Battle of Mutina, April 43 BC, was a clash of giants. It also became the beginning of the end for one of Ancient Rome’s greatest orators, Cicero. For this episode, Steele Brand came back to take Tristan through the battle, and to explain how this event featured in Cicero’s fall and represents the renowned orator’s last great gamble. Steele is Assistant Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City. He has written about the Battle of Mutina in his book, ‘Killing for the Republic: Citizen-Soldiers and the Roman Way of War’.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a peaceful year.

… 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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