#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 17, 2021

Hodie est a.d XVI Kal. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 6 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Nero likes hanging out under bridges where he could “take his pleasures more freely” and this leads to trouble for Sulla’s great-great-great grandson. But Nero also wants to abolish taxes because he’s a dirty commie. Then the Germans start some shit and find out why he was called “ONE CHANCE NERO”.

In his Moral letters to Lucilius, Seneca gives us many good tips. In this video, I read and explain in easy Latin 3 tips on reading and make the most of what we read, no matter how little.

Takabuti was a woman believed to have lived in Thebes, Egypt, during the Twenty-fifth Dynasty. British Egyptologist, Emeritus Professor Rosalie David, The University of Manchester, joins the show to discuss the mummy and life of Takabuti.

A woman from Attica, Greece, Irene Sarantapechaina, became Empress of the Byzantine Empire. Professor Emerita Judith Herrin, King’s College London, joins the show to discuss who Irene was and the life she lived.

For hundreds of years in antiquity, the sanctuary at Olympia was one of the most important religious sites in the Greek World, home to stunning art and architecture commissioned by tyrants and city-states situated across the length and breadth of the Mediterranean. And it was during the 5th and 4th centuries BC, that this sanctuary arguably entered its golden age. In this third and final episode of our mini-series on ancient Olympia, Professor Judy Barringer from the University of Edinburgh talks in detail about some of the most striking art and architecture that survives from Classical Olympia. From the pediments of the Temple of Zeus to the Winged Nike of Paionios. Judy is the author of Olympia: A Cultural History.

30 – 230 – The episode required to tie together all of the previous seventy episodes of this volume.  East meets west as Han China negotiates the Kushan Empire and the Parthian Empire to develop a trade relationship with the Roman Empire, with the same intention occurring in the reverse direction.

A conversation with Tamsin Shasha, Actor, Ariel Performer and artistic director of The Actors of Dionysus.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders, it portends rain.

… 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)