#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 10, 2021

Hodie est a.d IV Id. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 30 Thargelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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This is the era of Roman history where the Goths from the north begin to pose a serious threat to the stability of the faltering Roman empire. When they begin to lay siege to Roman cities Decius rides to confront them, not realising the challenging battles that await him. Guest: Associate Professor Caillan Davenport (Senior Lecturer, Roman History, Macquarie University/Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Super heroes and super twisted plots… is Sophocles a better psychological playwright than Euripides? How can we understand ancient art? And would Plato have liked cubism? This Classical Wisdom Speaks Episode is with Nickolas Pappas, Professor of Philosophy and Executive Officer of the Philosophy Program, at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is an expert in Plato and author of several books, including “Plato’s Exceptional City, Love, and Philosopher, Politics” and “Philosophy in Plato’s Menexenus” as well as “The Routledge Guidebook to Plato’s Republic.” We discuss how we can understand ancient art and theater and the role psychology plays in its understanding…

In popular culture, Nero is thought of as the Emperor who played the fiddle as Rome burned to the ground. Whilst this might not be strictly factual, it does hint towards another side of this infamous character. For this episode, Dr Shushma Malik returns to The Ancients to discuss Nero’s interest and talents in the arts: in poetry, on stage and playing the kithara. Shushma shares the evidence provided by Tacitus, Suetonius and Cassius Dio to explore how commonplace these hobbies were, how Nero’s performances were received and whether they can give us a deeper understanding of Nero’s matricidal behaviour. Shushma is a lecturer at the University of Roehampton and the author of, ‘The Nero-Antichrist: Founding and Fashioning a Paradigm’.

Theatre artist and cultural historian, Dr. Andrew Walker White, joins the show to discuss what scholars know about early theatre in Greece.

London began its life as Old Londinium—an informal trading community that sprang up around the narrowest point in the Thames, and was burned to the ground by Boudicca’s army just decades after its founding. This week, we asked bestselling urban fantasy author Ben Aaronovitch to take us on a tour of Old Londinium—say, the day before Boudicca’s arrival. Join us as we explore the streets and rivers of this diverse and enterprising trading town, and then wander all the way up Watling Street to Hadrian’s Wall.

A history of a language that was once spoken from Egypt to Afghanistan and played an important role in the creation of great religious writings.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends many deaths, but also prosperity.

… 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)