#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 8, 2021

Hodie est a.d VI Id. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 28 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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We break down the composition, logistics, strategy, and tactics employed by a Hellenistic army in the age of Alexander. Meanwhile, Eumenes and Craterus clash in the first great battle of the Wars of the Diadochi.

Before Rome was a republic, it was a kingdom. Dr. Gary Forsythe, Texas Tech University, joins the show again to discuss Rome’s transition from a regal structure to a republic.

How does politics affect personality? In the ideal city, the perfect laws and education create philosopher kings. But what about everywhere else? In this chapter, Socrates gets down to some real-world political science and analyzes the four kinds of regime that actually exist in the Greek world. And because the city matches the soul, each of the regimes has its own distinctive personality type. Socrates reckons that living in a state like Sparta will make you spirited and proud; living under oligarchy will make you cheap; and living under democracy should chill you right out. Unfortunately, chilling out is the last thing you’ll do before the tyrant takes over the city and enslaves you. Easy come, easy go. This episode covers book 8 of Plato’s Republic.

In this episode, Dr. Liana Brent joins Chelsea and Melissa to talk about the archaeological remains of burials in Roman Italy at the ancient cemetery of Vagnari. Find out how archaeologists and anthropologists discover information about the real lives of ancient people through their commemorative practices, funerary rituals, and graves.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends wet weather and the destruction of grain.

… 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)