#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 28, 2021

Hodie est a.d V Kal. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 17 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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King Philip II of Macedon is famous for a number of things including being the father of Alexander the Great. Dr Ian Worthington, Professor of Ancient History, Macquarie University, joins the show to discuss what scholars know of Philip’s life.

The legions of Rome were the nucleus of Rome’s military might for centuries. From campaigning in northern Scotland to the Persian Gulf, these devastating battalions extended and cemented Roman power. Yet of these legions there was one whose end is shrouded in mystery: the Ninth Legion. So what might have happened to this legion? Joining Tristan, from our sibling podcast The Ancients, is Dr Simon Elliott to talk through the theories surrounding the Ninth’s disappearance. Simon has recently written a book all about the Ninth’s disappearance, and in this podcast, he takes us through the various theories and evidence surrounding this mystery.

During the early days of his reign, Emperor Decius issued an edict commanding that all Romans should make a sacrifice for the good of the empire. While some happily went along with it, for others it went against what they believed in, and not everyone living within the borders of Rome were happy with the Emperor’s wishes. 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, it portends the same thing.

… 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)