#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 17, 2021

Hodie est ad. XV Kal. Jul. 2774 AUC ~ 7 Skirophorion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Cleopatra’s dad did something really impressive for a Ptolemaic pharaoh, he managed to die of old age! However, his reign had is challenges. In this episode, we cover Cleopatra’s early life and her dad’s reign. So grab some wine (T12 would approve) and get ready to meet the Romans, make some expensive friends, and play the flute!

Livia, also known as Julia Augusta, was wife of the first emperor and mother of the second. Professor & Head of the Classics Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, Dr Richard Alston, joins the show again to discuss what scholars know about Livia’s life.

The story of Verginia is an achingly tragic tale central to understanding the Second Decemvirate. Both Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus go into some detail about what happens and how it unfolds and we’ll explore both accounts to compare and contrast them.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of one of the great historians, best known for his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (published 1776-89). According to Gibbon (1737-94) , the idea for this work came to him on 15th of October 1764 as he sat musing amidst the ruins of Rome, while barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter. Decline and Fall covers thirteen centuries and is an enormous intellectual undertaking and, on publication, it became a phenomenal success across Europe.

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Alia

‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends days of searing heat and destruction by mice, blind mice, and locusts. Even so, there will be abundance, but also murders of people.

… 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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