#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 14, 2021

Hodie est pr. id. Mai. 2774 AUC ~ 3 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Ancient Egyptians had a sustenance, linguistic, cultural, and religious relationship with animals. Egyptologist Dr Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo, joins the show to explain.

I recently had the opportunity to read an advance copy of a historical novel set in the ancient world. It’s called The Wolf Den. Rich and immersive, it really does make you feel like you’ve traveled back into the past, letting us see it through the eyes of some of Pompeii’s most interesting – and overlooked – women. I sat down with author Elodie Harper to talk about her inspirations, her characters, and what it meant to be a woman in the ancient world.

In this episode Murray, Jasper and Mark talk to Bret Devereaux. In 2020 Bret presented his paper Mail Armour in the Middle Republic: Adoption, Prevalence and Impact to the Society for Classical Studies/Archaeological Institute of America Joint Annual meeting.

Alexandria, or Alexandria-by-Egypt as it was called, was the easily the greatest city of the Hellenistic Age. Founded by Alexander the Great in 332/331, it became the pet project of the Ptolemaic dynasty, who turned it into the capital of their mighty empire. Through the dynasty’s direction and enormous amounts of money, the city was endowed with magnificent works of art and architecture, all the while playing host to an great body of scholars and artists. From the cosmopolitan makeup of its population to its legendary monuments like the Lighthouse of Pharos and the Library, I will be giving a sightseeing tour of Alexandria during its heyday under the reign of the Ptolemies.

When Phillip became Emperor in 244CE, Rome was cracking at the edges. Enemies were at the border, the economy was straining, and the Emperor was an easy target for a disgruntled military. Who wants to rule Rome at this time? Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends war in the East and great shortages.

… 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)