Hodie est a.d. IV Id. Jul. 2774 AUC ~ 3 Hekatombaion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad
In the News
- Professor Bidas: Tomb of Alexander the Great’s mother was found in Korinos (PHOTOS) – Greek City Times
- 2,500-year-old statues, inscription unearthed in western Turkey
- Archaeologists discover 2,500-year-old artifacts in western Turkey | Daily Sabah
- Israeli archaeologists find biblical name ‘Jerubbaal’ inked on pot from Judges era – Israel News – Haaretz.com
In Case You Missed It
- Memorial Tomb of Ancient Greek Astronomer Aratus Unearthed in Turkey
- New Secrets Unearthed at Minoan Palace of Zominthos on Crete
- PaleoJudaica.com: Where was John the Baptist really from?
- PaleoJudaica.com: The Dead Sea Scrolls LOL
- PaleoJudaica.com: When is a name a wall?
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Enlightenment
- Ignoring Women and Magic Stones: Diomedes after Troy – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Bestiaria Latina Blog: Gesta 48. Tyrannus et Taurus Eius
- Roman Times: Nomads of the Golden Mountains of Altai
- The Sermon on the Mount (3) – Mainzer Beobachter
- More Papyrus Roll Vocabulary: frons, cornua, umbilicus | Variant Readings
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Sine Qua Non
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: American Numismatic Society Digital Library
- PaleoJudaica.com: 10 questions & answers about the DSS
- Conquering Britain From Afar: Caligula and the Best Triumph – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Laudator Temporis Acti: A Great Corrupter
- Roman Britain: Maybe Not Worth the Trouble? – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Alexander the Great on Homer, Amazons, and Diogenes – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Learning by the Example of Ulysses: Some Romans on Odysseus – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Roman Times: Domus del Chirurgo (House of the Surgeon) in Rimini, Italy
- PaleoJudaica.com: Religion and the Arts – 25th anniversary volume
- PaleoJudaica.com: How did Galileans get to Jerusalem?
- PaleoJudaica.com: Israeli excavators shortlisted for Khaled al-Asaad award
- Spencer Alley: Italian Renaissance Hierarchies of Aesthetic Value
- Graeco-Roman pottery workshop discovered in Egypt – The Archaeology News Network
- Homer, Nostos and Fallout New Vegas
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins – Exploring Ptolemaic Egypt – Ancient World Magazine
- A Virtual Visit to the “City of Mosaics” – Biblical Archaeology Society
Assorted Twitter Threads
- @ryanfb on a fragment of Africanus’ Kestoi
- @DocCromm’s Ancient Coin of the Day thread looks at some coins of Hadrian
- @GettyMuseum on lawmaking in ancient Mesopotamia
- @SarahEBond on griffins
We have now reached the end of the Greco-Persian Wars, but with most of our sources focusing on the Greek experience and perhaps not giving us a completely accurate picture of the Persians. In this episode we are going to delve deeper into Persia’s experience in the Wars, look at their motivations and what led them to, ultimately being unsuccessful. To do this I have invited Trevor Culley from the History of Persia Podcast to come on and share his knowledge about the Persians with us, and help us look at the Persian perspective during the Wars. Trevor’s personal experience with both Persian history and podcasts began with a college extra credit assignment to listen to the first Hardcore History episode on the Achaemenids. He was instantly enthralled with the stories of the Kings of Kings and coming a little late to the party, started listening to podcasts. On one hand, He started heading down the road toward PhD that will let him study ancient Persia for a living. On the other, as he binged his way through both the History of Rome and early episodes of the History of Byzantium he was always excited for the episodes dealing with the Parthians and Sassanids. Trevor was surprised and disappointed to discover that there was not a similarly dedicated podcast dealing with the great empires east of Rome. This would inspire and motivate him to create the History of Persia Podcast back at the start of 2019.
Akhenaten was an Egyptian Pharaoh in the 18th dynasty that departed from traditional worship to primarily worship the sun deity, Aten, moving Egypt from polytheism to henotheism. British Egyptologist Dr Joyce Tyldesley, The University of Manchester, joins the show again to discuss what scholars know about Akhenaten’s life.
Julius Caesar is considered by many as a key individual whose influence ended the Roman Republic. His life was complex, and in modern times, his legacy lives on in facets like the Month of “July”. Head of the Classics Department, Professor Richard Alston, Royal Holloway, University of London, joins the show again to discuss the early period of Julius Caesar’s life.
On the day of the Euro 2020 final, we’re talking England versus Italy…Ancients style (well, sort of). Historian and archaeologist Dr Simon Elliott returns to the podcast to talk us through Julius Caesar’s two invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 BC. Hear what the Romans knew about Britain before the expedition, why Caesar wanted to invade, and what the “greatest PR man of the ancient world” learnt from the first, less successful, campaign. Simon’s book, Roman Conquests: Britain is out at the end of July 2021.
- History of the World podcast: Vol 3 Ep 78 – SUMMARY – The Classical World, Part Three on Apple Podcasts
100 BCE – 200 CE – The emergence of the Silk Road saw the rise and fall of four great global empires and the spread of trade encouraged the spread of philosophy and religion across the whole of the Eurasian landmass.
- The Very Short Introductions Podcast: Homer – The Very Short Introductions Podcast – Episode 25 on Apple Podcasts
In this episode, Barbara Graziosi introduces Homer, whose mythological tales of war and homecoming, The Iliad and The Odyssey, are widely considered to be two of the most influential works in the history of western literature.
- Grammatica Latina per se illustrata || Prepositions made easy | Satura Lanx
- The Legend of Hercules – Mytho-Historical Interpretation | Legends of the Ancients
- Les sports grecs dans l’œuvre de Pindare: IIIe et IVe Isthmique | Acta Videos
- Hadrian’s Wall: The Ancient Roman Border Of The North | Ancient Tracks | Odyssey
- The Trojan Women | SMC Theatre Arts
- Platone: la filosofia politica | Andrea Cirla
- The Mystery of Cannabis in Ancient Rome & Greece | Classics in Color
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Symposium – day 2 | Digital Hammurabi
- Ethnic Constructs, Royal Dynasties and Historical Geography around the Black Sea Littoral | Spartokos a lu
- [BMCR] S. C. Todd, A commentary on Lysias, speeches 12-16. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
- [BMCR] Neil Hopkinson, A Hellenistic anthology (second edition). Cambridge Greek and Latin classics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Online Talks and Professional Matters
- Current Research in Egyptology 2022, Université Montpellier III
- See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar
- SCS Calendar: Classics, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology Webinars
- Ancient Greek Historian Plutarch One of the First Vegetarians
- These Were the Wackiest Emperors You Wouldn’t Want to Rule in Your Time | UrbanMatter
- Myth buster? Study finds Bidnija olive trees medieval, not Roman
- How the Mines of Laurion Changed Ancient Athens and the World
‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:
- Homeromanteion | Online Homeric Oracle
- Sortes Virgilianae (English)
- Sortes Virgilianae (Latin)
- Consult the Oracle at UCL
Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:
If it thunders today, it portends an unexpected cold snap in the summer, as a result of which the necessities of life will be spoiled.
… 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)