#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 12, 2021

Hodie est a.d. IV id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 1 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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The way food was sourced in the City of Rome changed in the Middle Ages. Dr Caroline Goodson, University of Cambridge, joins the show to explain.

Elodie Harper joins us to talk about taking fragments of lives from the ruins of Pompeii and turning them into a smash hit novel.

Dave comes into the Vomitorium in a bit of a gloomy mood, and what’s on tap in these books does not look like it will help much. All the planning and scheming by Odysseus finally comes down to this—the suitors (and a goodly portion of the house staff) get what’s coming to them, and only a handful of the loyal survive. Is this grisly, but acceptable justice? Athena (disguised as Mentor) wants it, so it has to be ok, right?  Dave seems to agree, but Jeff (softie that he is) says, “hold up a minute”. Can we dismiss the death of the hapless Leodes, and especially the execution of the maids so easily?  As they say, it’s complicated. LISTENER WARNING: this episode contains a grisly description (from the text of the Odyssey) of hanging and dismemberment at approx. 53.00 on. So if younger children listen, use discretion.

In this week’s episode, Alice and Nicolas interview Roman historian Dr Jon Coulston. Jon is an expert on Roman military culture and ancient representations of war. He gives us a fascinating introduction to one of the most detailed and influential military monuments to survive from the Roman Empire: Trajan’s column. Commemorating the emperor Trajan’s victory over King Decebalus of Dacia in 106 AD, the column narrates the story of two historic campaigns, giving us valuable insights into real-life events and Roman military practice. Its depiction of the Dacian Wars is not purely historical, however; the sculptors who carved it drew on long-established traditions of representing warfare and created scenes that conformed to shared ideals and expectations of how war should be conducted and victory achieved. As we discuss, Trajan’s column offers fascinating insights into Roman habits of visualising war. Jon also talks about the influence it has had on later habits of representing victory, imagining good generalship and conducting campaigns…

Roman romance novels! Pederasty! Penis Nicknames ! In the first part of our new series on the history of Christian sexual morality, we dive into the world in which this new faith was birthed and spread: the pax romana of the high Roman Empire. Featuring Mikala Casey

Oral transmission! Nine-year-old moms! Finding out Jews are, like, fine, with Jesus! In part two of our series on the history of Christian sexual morality, we get 87% more kosher, looking into the culture that birthed Jesus, the faith that claims his name, and the rabbinic tradition that has so come to dominate our understanding of the OG Abrahamic faith. Featuring Dr. Rebecca Kamholz

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…

In episode 32 Jo is joined by writer and classicist Daisy Dunn, who talks about her passion for ancient history and discusses her book ‘In The Shadow of Vesuvius’. Plus she takes on the Quick Six.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends disaster for fish.

… 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)