#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 19, 2021

Hodie est a.d XIV Kal. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 8 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Join your Season 1 host, Dr. Chelsea Gardner, as she welcomes new co-host Dr. Melissa Funke for an introduction to Season 2 of the Peopling the Past podcast! This season, we’ll take listeners on a journey through under-explored aspects of material culture and everyday life in the ancient Roman world, from Egypt to Italy, Syria to England, Morocco to Turkey, and more!

After the smoke clears from some much needed post-slaughter fumigation, Dave and Jeff finally lumber their way to the end of the epic. At last we get a proper reunion between husband and wife in which Penelope wins the battle of wits. The occasion? Odysseus gets artichocked up when Penelope treats their bed like an IKEA futon. Now, roll the credits, right? WRONG. There’s a whole other book to go! We see the suitors take the slip-n-slide down to Hades where Agamemnon gives them the raspberry. Back on Ithaca, Odysseus goes into “metis mode” and decides to test his aged dad with yet another false identity! But why? Does Odysseus even know who he himself is anymore? And be sure to stick around for the surprise, dea ex machina ending.

The Achaemenid Empire was the largest empire for its time and held substantial holdings in the eastern Mediterranean Basin. Dr Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Cardiff University, joins the show to discuss the empire’s hegemony in the Mediterranean.

We are traveling through time and space to Ancient Egypt! Before Alexander got to Egypt, Persia had gained control of the throne. In fact, a lot of the things we associate with Ancient Egypt happened WAY before Alexander saw the Nile. Before we cover Cleopatra, I think it’s important to gain some context for her story. Thanks for listening!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the rise of good fortune for someone due to the good will of the 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)