#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 2, 2021

Hodie est a.d. IV Non. Sext. 2774 AUC ~ 24 Hekatombaion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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The volume of Roman history builds, along with its perceived historicity, in the 4th century BCE. Dr. Gary Forsythe, Texas Tech University, returns to the show to discuss the Roman Republic in the early fourth century BCE.

Hannibal Barca is one of the most well-documented Carthaginians and became legendary because of his efforts in the Second Punic War. Dr Eve MacDonald, Cardiff University, joins the show to share what’s known about who he was and the life he lived.

The conquest of Egypt by Alexander and establishment of the Ptolemaic dynasty differed from previous foreign invaders like the Hyksos or the Persians. While the Ptolemies would very much present themselves as traditional pharaohs, they would bring thousands of Greek immigrants, founded poleis, and imported Greek culture en masse. For the indigenous Egyptians, Ptolemaic rule required them to live with two “faces”: those like Manetho, an Egyptian priest of Amun-Ra who composed an influential history of Egypt in Greek known as the “Aegyptiaca”, would continue to work under the new regime. Others were able to exploit “Hellenization” as a means of advancement, seen in the archives of the mixed Greco-Egyptian military family of Dryton and Senmonthis-Apollonia, revealing the complexities of ethnic and cultural identity. But we also can see the tensions between the Greek and Egyptian communities, which could explode in bouts of violence and rebellion. In this episode we look to see how the Egyptians responded to the arrival of a new political, social, and cultural elite.

Alexander the Great is one of the most famous generals and empire builders in history, but the story of his death is almost as remarkable as his life. For this episode, our host and Alexander the Great superfan, Tristan Hughes, joins Dan Snow to tell the almost unbelievable tale of what happened after Alexander died. The ensuing titanic struggle for power and control over Alexander’s empire involves war, body snatching, extremely slow carriage chases and a thousand soldiers being eaten alive by crocodiles in the Nile.

Let’s talk about menstruation, shall we? All the fascinating, bizarre, and often troubling ideas we’ve had about it and how we’ve dealt with it throughout time.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends both the outbreak of disease and a shortage of the necessities of life.

… 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)