#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 27, 2021

Hodie est a.d VI Kal. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 16 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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It promises to be the biggest event of the summer – The Rest is History World Cup of Gods. Sixteen competitors, but there can be only one winner. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook preview all the runners and riders.

He remains one of the great characters in all history. But was he depraved, corrupt and evil? Or an artist much maligned by elitist historians? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss Nero.

In this episode, Timothy Potts, Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle Director of the Getty Museum and curator of the Villa exhibition Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins, discusses the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia.

As an Open Access journal, a guiding principle of NECJ’s publication is that our work be freely available to any reader, regardless of their ability to pay. In this episode, we interview Rachel Samberg of UC Berkeley and Lisa Villa of the College of the Holy Cross, two experts in the area of Open Access Publishing. Rachel and Lisa share their experience in the field and discuss the benefits and challenges of producing accessible scholarly content.

Juba II of Mauretania was married to Cleopatra VII of Egypt’s daughter, Cleopatra Selene II, and was king of the ancient Maghreb state of Mauretania. Dr. Duane W. Roller, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, joins the show again to discuss Juba’s life.

If there had been a different outcome to the Battle of Granicus, we might never have heard about Alexander the Great. Taking place in 334 BC, this was his first major victory against the Persian Empire. In this episode, Tristan is joined by Adrian Goldsworthy to discuss Alexander and his tactics right at the beginning of his campaign, before he had built up his formidable reputation. Adrian is a historian and novelist who specialises in Ancient Roman history.

The people of Camulodunum had found out the hard way that Rome’s promises of protection weren’t enough to save them from Boudicca’s rampaging army—and so did the people of London and Verulamium. Boudicca burned these cities to the ground, unleashing a cleansing fire that was seared into the British landscape. From there, Boudicca and her army set out on Watling Street, an ancient Iron-age road that led all the way to Wales—where the fires of rebellion still burned. If Boudicca could reach the Druids of Anglesey, perhaps together they could drive the Romans out of Britain for good. But first, she would have to get through the Roman general Suetonius Paulinus.

We had such a blast wrapping up our first season of the podcast! Please enjoy this live recording of the event, along with some incredible guests: Kristin Russo (Buffering the Vampire Slayer), Liv Albert (Let’s Talk About Myth’s Baby), Leigh (History is Gay) and Vanessa Stovall (Playwright & Musician) — and also the audience members who joined us.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends (more) prodigies and a comet will be seen.

… 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)