#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 28, 2021

Hodie est ad. IV Kal. Jul. 2774 AUC ~ 18 Skirophorion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Formed in 379 BC to combat the Spartan threat… Hailed by Plato as a force that could never be beaten… The last hope to preserve the freedom of Greece… Buried together on the spot they fell…. 300 male lovers reveal a dramatic ancient tale whose story will leave you gripped into the end. James Romm of Bard College, and author of the Sacred Band, discusses Sex, Soldiers and Thebes with Cambridge Professor, Paul Cartledge, and Columbia Professor, Helene Foley. Moderated by Anya Leonard of Classical Wisdom. They delve into the history of Thebes, the evolution of male eros and the essential role of the Sacred Band in fighting for Greek democracy.

Situated roughly two miles south of Hadrian’s Wall in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, Vindolanda is home to some of the most remarkable archaeology from Roman Britain. Its history spans several centuries; it is a must see site for anyone wanting to know more about the ancient history of Britain. To learn more about Vindolanda, Tristan met up with Dr Andrew Birley, the Director of Excavations at Vindolanda.

700 – 400 BCE – From the time when the Assyrians were the greatest power on the planet, a sudden surge of culture and learning from east to west would bring the world forward from a relative dark age to an age of modern thinking.

A conversation with Daniëlle Slootjes (University of Amsterdam) on the behavior of crowds in late antique Rome and Constantinople, based on her chapter “Crowd Behavior in Late Antique Rome,” in the edited volume Pagans and Christians in Late Antique Rome: Conflict, Competition, and Coexistence in the Fourth Century (Cambridge 2015) 178-194. As our own political world is increasingly revolving around mass protests, it is time to revisit what we know about the dynamics of crowds in imperial Roman cities, whether they acted for or against the regime of the day. Check out also the volume that Daniëlle co-edited with Erika Manders, Leadership, Ideology, and Crowds in the Roman Empire of the Fourth Century (Stuttgart 2019).

Alexander III, known to many as Alexander the Great, was King of Macedon, and in a short period of time, conquered an immense amount of territory, including defeating the formidable Achaemenid Empire. Professor Pat Wheatley, University of Otago, joins the show to discuss what scholars know about Alexander’s life.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a good harvest.

… 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)