#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 26, 2021

Hodie est a.d. VII Kal. Sept. 2774 AUC ~ 18 Metageitnion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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First sharks and now pigs? What’s going on in Iron Age Jerusalem with all these non-kosher species? Were Judeans in the shadow of the Temple noshing on something naughty or are there other explanations? Are there ever! Our panelists’  speculations are unbridled in this laughter filled episode.

After Caesar left Egypt, he invited Cleopatra and her brother/husband T14 (don’t worry, we forget he exists too) to Rome as heads of state. We get a glimpse into the Roman attitudes surrounding womanhood, kingship, and binge drinking (thanks Marc Antony). After Caesar mops up Marc Antony’s mess, proclaimed dictator for life…..

Among the rulers of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra VII has long held a place in legend, her story having been told in folklore, by Shakespeare and in Hollywood movies. In reality, however, her story remains unfinished. The location of her final resting place remains lost to us. Dr Chris Naunton is back with us to explore the possible answers to this mystery, from Alexandria to Taposiris Magna, join us on this trawl through the evidence of Cleopatra’s final days.

After Alexander III’s death, the relationship that Greek polities had with the Kingdom of Macedon was mixed: some were congenial, some acquiesced, and others outright revolted. Dr Charlotte Dunn, University of Tasmania, returns to the show to discuss what happened in Greece after Alexander III’s life.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends war.

… 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)