#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 14, 2021

Hodie est ad. XVIII Kal. Jul. 2774 AUC ~ 4 Skirophorion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

n.b. I’m thinking of skipping doing this post on Sundays … my Explorator newsletter is increasingly taking much longer to compile on Sunday mornings than it has in the past and it’s just too long to be sitting on my laptop!

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Heus, you want to learn Latin? Salve sodalis, you have come to the right place. This is a Latin podcast for beginners. With the series “Litterae Latinae Simplices”, you will set up for a journey into Latin literature, in easy spoken Latin.

Constantine I became a Christian, founded Constantinople, was involved in numerous military affairs, and more, during his reign as Roman Emperor. Dr. David Potter, University of Michigan, joined the show to discuss Constantine’s reign as a Roman emperor.

Santorini, in the context of the Bronze Age, was called Thera. Professor of Archaeology, Dr Louise Hitchcock, The University of Melbourne, joins the show again to discuss what civilization was like on Thera during the Bronze Age.

Plataea is one of the many forgotten battles of the ancient world. A grand coalition of Greek city-states came together in a massive show of strength to oppose the Persian Empire. Nonetheless, the odds were still against the Greeks–as they had been at Marathon–at Thermopylae– at Salamis, and now, at Plataea. Mardonius, as a general, is still quite capable of finishing the job his King had started a year before. Only through a united effort would Athens and Sparta triumph over the vast numbers of Persia.

Situated on the western coast of the Red Sea in antiquity were a series of thriving seaports, bringing in trade from as far as way as Sir Lanka. Key mercantile centres, where goods made in Iberia could theoretically have been sold alongside items crafted thousands of miles to the east, in South East Asia. Of these seaports, one of the most remarkable has to be Berenike, a thriving cosmopolitan trading centre, first for the Hellenistic Ptolemaic Kingdom and later for Imperial Rome. To talk through the site’s extraordinary archaeology we were delighted to be joined by Professor Steven Sidebotham from the University of Deleware. Steve has been leading excavations at the site for several years and in this podcast he highlights why Berenike is one of the most exciting archaeological locations anywhere in the World.

Welcome back folks to the Spartan History Podcast. Stepping back into the solo format to once again put another facet of pre-classical Sparta under the microscope. This time it is the ruling class, the Homoioi or Spartiates as they referred to themselves. This section of society, dedicated entirely to the pursuit of warfare, were propped up by the helot class who managed their vast land holdings. There was a complex system of land tenure within Sparta which was designed to provide for each the cost of his citizenship, that is the monthly contribution of produce to the dining halls every Spartiate was obliged to dine at. We’ll break down the system of land ownership and how it relates to the mess halls. Along with this I’ll describe in brief the marital practices within the upper echelons of the Spartan world. Famed for their equality, we’ll finish this episode by looking at the massive differences between the individual Homoioi and see why that word is better translated as ‘similars,’ rather than ‘equals.’

Join Sobia with her childhood friend Jasmine Elmer from ‘Classics For all’ discussing bringing Classical subjects into state schools. Abid Patel, Google Educator and Innovator is also on talking about both courses and how he went Global.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends burning hot weather but the harvest will be abundant and there will be a decent flow of river fish.  Even so, human bodies will be weakened.

… 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)

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