#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 29, 2021

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

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In today’s episode, we’re looking at the legendary Centaurs from Greek mythology! What do these half-horse, half-human have to do with the creation of clouds? How did Centaurs cause the death of the hero Heracles? Find out in this episode!

The Macedonian armies of Phillip and Alexander were almost invincible, but afterwards “Macedonian” style armies seem to be more hit and miss (vs. Romans, Indians, Parthians, Celts etc.). Was this because Philip and Alexander’s troops were uniquely competent, or was it that the commanders after Alexander just couldn’t measure up? Murray answers this question sent in from patron of the podcast Juan.

This episode takes us to some of the deepest, darkest and most awe-inspiring settings planet Earth has to offer. We’re doing a deep dive into, deep diving, as it happens. Specifically, the perilous quest to discover and map unexplored caves in our oceans’ harshest, most remote corners. Our guide is the intrepid Jill Heinerth, a renowned underwater explorer and cave mapper whose projects span decades, and whose insistence that discovery is the driving force of human advancement is an inspiration to us all. Jill’s taking us back to the earliest days of her profession – that’s all the way back to 350 BCE – when ancient divers employed astonishingly complex tools and techniques to explore the oceans whose surfaces were inscrutable, but whose depths yielded deep sea resources and the intangible rewards of piercing that watery veil, to behold an entirely different world. We’ll also examine how the modern profession of underwater exploration is transforming our understanding of what really lies beneath the water that covers over 70% of Earth’s surface, and how what’s -down there- relates to what’s happening -up here-, past, present, and future. So, strap on those “rebreathers” and join our plunge into the vast, uncharted seas. With Jill leading the way, it’s sure to be an adventure to remember.

Colonnaded streets were prevalent in the eastern Roman Empire and their origins pre-date their use in the City of Rome. Australian scholar, Dr Ross Burns, joins the show to discuss what’s known about the colonnaded streets that existed in the eastern Roman Empire.

Egypt is where astronomy is known to have begun in the Mediterranean Basin. Dr. Alexander Jones, New York University, joins the show to explore what scholars know about the previous astronomy practices in Hellenistic & Roman Egypt.

We examine the circumstances and theories surrounding the death of Agrippina.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends war in the north, but not one which affects trade.

… 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)