#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 7, 2021

Hodie est a.d VII Id. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 27 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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First off I really hope you’ve been enjoying “The Ancient World – Carchemish.”  From the beginning I’ve touted this as a series on the Neo-Hittite kingdoms.  But since the first Neo-Hittite kingdom was centered on Carchemish, I thought it’d be fun to start the series with the original Hittite conquest of the city under Suppiluliuma I.  Which gave me an excuse to do a deep dive into Late Bronze Age Hittite history.  And to say Suppiluliuma a lot.  Suppiluliuma.  Try it, it’s just really fun to say…

The Roman Republic statesman & general, Sulla, did something unusual for the time—he led an army on Rome. Dr Federico Santangelo, Newcastle University, joins the show to speak about Sulla.

Stephen Dando-Collins is an Australian historical author, who, like me, once sold his soul to the gods of marketing and advertising but has been redeeming himself ever since. His new book is about the great Jewish – Roman war of 66CE, entitled “Conquering Jerusalem”.

To open season three a summary of how theatre and dramatic activity survived despite the restrictions placed on it from the growing influence of the Christian Church.

In 1953, archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon and her team uncovered human skulls covered with plaster and decorated with shells to resemble human faces. These Neolithic artifacts may be one of the earliest known examples of human portraits. In this sponsored episode, we’ll dig into the discovery, the site of Jericho itself, and the lives of the people who buried the skulls in the first place.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an outbreak of infectious disease for humans, but it won’t be fatal for all. Cereal crops will be successful, but soft fruits will wither.

… 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)