#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 8, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VIII id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 26 Mounichion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Hoplites were Greek people, most of which were citizens, who fought in battles as their city-states required. Dr Adam Schwartz, University of Copenhagen, joins the show to explain this military post in ancient Greek history.

For this episode I take a break from our narrative to bring you a collaboration that I had teamed up with Steve from Spartan History Podcast to record. We went into this conversation without any scripts and just a rough plan of what we wanted to cover. Steve’s series, Spartan History Podcast, takes a deep dive into the history of the Spartans, beginning back in Mythological times. He is currently in the stages of how the institutions and practices that would define the Spartans were developing. I would encourage everyone to check out his series as I am sure you will learn some elements about the Spartans that I bet you didn’t know about before. For this episode we begin by talking about ourselves and how we got into the podcasting world. We also look at what drew up towards Ancient Greek history. The conversation then evolved of many different tangents around Greek history, but we would come to focus on three many areas. I would look at the founding of Democracy in Athens with the early stages of its development. Steve then takes us for a closer look at Lycurgus and the question of if he was a historical figure. We then turn to the Greek and Persian War looking at who out of Athens and Sparta had been the most influential in their victory of Persia. The collaboration has been split over two parts, with this episode being part 1. Part two is hosted on Steve’s show over at Spartan History Podcast. Below are a number of links to help you find his show and his social media pages, though he is easily found on all good podcast platforms.

In an in-depth interview with expert archaeologist Tali Erickson-Gini, we hear that he who controls the spice (or garum and wine) controls the ancient world

In this second part of our two-part series on the origins & evolution of democracy in Classical Athens and its relationship to Athenian Citizenship, Katie & Cairo talk about the political life & legacy of Pericles in Athenian Democracy.

Joined by three fantastic first year students from UT Austin, we continue our discussion of Netflix’s miniseries as we get into episodes 4-6. We discuss how this show has updated the tale for this generation of viewers and how it compares to the 2004’s Troy. What characters work and don’t work for us? Do we want a good or a bad Hector? Are the gods necessary or superfluous? Is what this show needs just more blood? Also witness the exact moment when Colin realizes Aeneas was Dean Thomas in HP. Answers to these and many more await, along with repeated plugs for Shadow & Bone.

In our newest episode of the A.D. History Podcast, we witness the meteoric rise of the Sassanid Empire; a power that will make an indelible mark on the history of the world over the next four centuries. Furthermore, we look into the Roman emperor Elagabalus, a Roman emperor who wasn’t truly all that Roman at all…

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it is a bad omen for the common 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)