#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for July 21, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XII Kal. Aug. 2774 AUC ~ 12 Hekatombaion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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This week the Vomitorium is graced with the presence of Dave and Jeff’s friend, former colleague, mentor and professor, Dr. Ken Bratt. Join us as Dr. Bratt shares his vast knowledge of the ancient Roman colony of Phillipi–site of game-changing battles, crossroads of culture, and where the first European converts to Christianity (including Lydia) were made. Ken walks us through the archaeological remains, connecting them to biblical narrative and dispelling a few likely legends along the way. Is that really “Paul’s Prison” there in Phillipi? Bonus feature:  learn what shenanigans Jeff got up to as a sophomore on a trip to Greece with Ken in the ‘90s. Also, what can we do to get Dave to loosen up? This episode is packed!

This week’s episode brings together Hannah Greenstreet (right) and Charlotte Vickers (left), respectively the writer and director of the TORCH-funded project Andromeda – a queer retelling of Euripides’ play. The episode was recorded ahead of a full production (27-31 July 2021) at Camden People’s Theatre, as Hannah and Charlotte discuss the project, its process, and the importance of centring queer experience in storytelling. Since 2017, the play has been developed with support from Arts Council England, TORCH Theatres Seed Fund, Camden People’s Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, the APGRD, Pegasus Theatre and the Oxford Playhouse.

In this episode, Alice and Nicolas interview the editors of Ancient Warfare Magazine – Jasper Oorthuys and Murray Dahm. Founded in 2007, Ancient Warfare examines the military history of many different ancient cultures in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, with a particular focus on Greece and Rome from around 1200BC to 600AD. It has thousands of readers all around the world – and thousands tune in to the Ancient Warfare podcast. We ask Jasper and Murray what their readers are looking for and what goes into the creation of each issue. That gets us chatting about the enduring appeal of ancient military history, the challenges of reconstructing what ancient warfare was really like, and what we gain from learning about and trying to visualise ancient warfare.

Stefania introduces us to one of the dominant figures of early assyriology–Austen Henry Layard. She guides us through the archival sources that put his famous publications in context, and reveal the man behind the legend.

Same podcast, new name. Welcome to another episode of The Ozymandias Project’s recently renamed podcast, Ancient Office Hours with Lexie Henning! Tuck in your togas and hop aboard Trireme Transit for an exciting new odyssey as our show continues on as Ancient Office Hours. In this episode, we contemplate the lack of access to Egyptology programs, talk about Kara’s research on coffin re-use, explore using the ancient world to help us understand the modern world, and discuss Cleopatra & the aggrandizement of the failures of powerful women in the past and present.

Sonia Zakrzewski joins us to talk all about how you can use the archaeological record to develop a knowledge of disabilities in history.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

if it thunders today, it portends a brief period of disagreement among the common 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)