#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 11, 2021

Hodie est a.d III Id. Jun. 2774 AUC ~ 1 Skirophorion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Recently we were lucky enough to be featured on the Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby podcast, alongside the Against the Lore, as part of Liv’s promotion of myth/classics podcasters. In the clip, we give you a bit of an episode teaser that we’re planning for Season Three: Aphrodite. You’ll hear all about the supposed “first female nude” and how… well… she’s not. We talk the Male Gaze and feminist approaches to the statue. All in 5 minutes.  Phew.

Here I share the story of how discovering the Black classical tradition brought this Black woman to love classics.

This week, Dr Joanne Paul sits down with archaeologist, presenter and podcaster, Natasha Billson. Natasha might be better known to listeners as “Behind the Trowel”, her social media presence, from which she hosts regular live shows, videos, and interviews. You might also recognise her from More 4’s archeology programme, The Great British Dig. Natasha talks about how she uses her platform to connect with colleagues and to engage with the public, particularly in the time of Covid, and the relationship between history and archaeology. She explores her outreach work and her desire to make her work more accessible and the study of the past more inspiring to people.

In the fourth century Rome was still a prominent city and Constantinople became a principal city of the Roman Empire. Head of the Classics Department, Dr Lucy Grig, The University of Edinburgh, joins the show to discuss the similarities and contrasts between Constantinople and Rome during the century.

Murray and Mark talk to James Romm about his new book “The Sacred Band: Three hundred Greek lovers fighting to save Greek freedom”. “The Sacred Band” highlights a monumental era in history, one marked by war, ideological divide, the rise of eros in Greek public life, and the end of freedom. Romm reintroduces the tale of the Sacred Band to the historical record.

Alexander the Great is one of the most famous generals and empire builders in history, but the story of his death is almost as remarkable as his life. Tristan Hughes host of the History Hit podcast The Ancients, and Alexander the Great superfan, joins Dan to tell the almost unbelievable tale of what happened after Alexander died. It is a titanic struggle for power and control over his empire that involves war, body snatching, extremely slow carriage chases and a thousand soldiers being eaten alive by crocodiles in the Nile.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

if it thunders today, it portends a period of heats, searing but causing no damage and there will be happy celebrations in state affairs.

… 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)