#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 13, 2021

Hodie est a.d. III id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 2 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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It’s time for another episode of The Ozymandias Project with Lexie Henning! Tuck in your togas and hop aboard Trireme Transit for an hour long odyssey as we dive head-first into medical ethics and its impact on our approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges women face in Classics, the need for more female mentorship, and how Classics is a form of world building.

After a suggestion from a listener, we’ve decided to release the ‘tidbits’ that close our episodes as a compilation of fun facts about ancient myth and culture and a little insight into our pod if you haven’t listened before. Here’s Season One’s collection. The subjects range from the elderly in myth through to Roman Emperor Augustus himself. Listening back, you’ll find us answering the BIG questions: like what do Marvel and the 8th century BCE have in common? And how did Brad Pitt end up owing Eric Bana $750? You’ll be dining out on these facts for YEARS.

Lydia was an ancient civilization in the Anatolian Peninsula, and amongst other things, considered to have first used coinage. Dr. Andrew Ramage, an archaeologist & Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, joins the show to discuss this civilization.

Stretched along the north of the Hindu Kush mountain range and the south of the Oxus river, the history of the ancient region of Bactria envelops some of the most intriguing periods of the ancient world. The land, which now straddles parts of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, can be tracked through the Bronze Ages, the Persian Empire and the rule of Alexander the Great, Greco-Bactrian rule and the rule of the Kushites. To guide us through this history, Tristan spoke to David Adams, Australian photo journalist and documentary film maker. David has personally explored many of the archaeological sites of Bactria, he shares his experiences and explains how the evidence shows the impact of climate change on the societies who lived there.

When Boudicca rebelled against the Romans, she knew exactly who to turn to for allies: the Trinovantes. Years ago, the Romans had taken over their town, Camulodunum—and made it over into a veterans’ retirement colony, subjugating the Trinovantes in the process. When the opportunity came to drive the Romans out, they seized the opportunity. But many of those living in Camulodunum were Britons themselves—some who had been enslaved, and others trying to maintain an uneasy peace with the Roman conquerors. Find out what happened when Boudicca’s army rolled into their town.

We are deep in the Second Decemvirate (c. 449-447 BCE) and Rome faces war on two fronts. The complications of this new political arrangement and the increasing pressure of armed conflict places the decemvirate under stress as they need to decide how to lead Rome while facing patrician opposition from the Senate. All the while, Rome’s enemies head closer…

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends and increase of flow for rivers, but diseases for humans.

… 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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