#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 19, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XIV Kal. Nov. 2774 AUC ~ 13 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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In this episode we discuss Natalie Haynes’s 2019 novel A Thousand Ships. Digressions include identity theft, ancient clothing, and ecofascism. We also spend a while simping for basically every ancient woman mentioned.

Often up there in the upper echelons of most articles listing Rome’s worst emperors, it’s fair to say that history has not been kind to Caracalla. Whether it was contemporary sources depicting him as a deranged Heracles and Alexander the Great loving megalomaniac or the 18th century historian Edward Gibbon labelling him ‘the common enemy of mankind,’ for centuries he has been an epitome of infamy. To talk through what we know about this figure, and whether he deserves this reputation, Tristan was joined by Edinburgh University’s Dr Alex Imrie, an expert on the Severan Dynasty and the author of The Antonine Constitution: An Edict for the Caracallan Empire.

Rome is a gorgeous palimpsest of history and no one knows that better than archaeologist Darius Arya and speleologist Adriano Morabito. Darius and Adriano join Erica for an afternoon chat about Rome.

In 417 CE, the Roman poet Rutilius Namatianus journeyed from Rome back to his homeland of Gaul, not knowing whether there was a home to return to.

The most controversial part of Plato’s Republic is its fifth book, wherein Socrates argues for the political equality of men and women, the abolition of the nuclear family, a strange eugenics program, and the idea that philosophers kings and philosopher queens should be put in charge of political affairs. With us to discuss book 5 is Mary Townsend, assistant professor of philosophy at Saint John’s University in Queens and author of the book The Woman Question in Plato’s Republic.

In this week’s episode Jean Menzies and regular guest Jill Scott welcome back the podcast for a new season by finding out what the most googled questions about Ancient Greece are and have a go at answering them.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the downfall of a ruler or the overthrow of  a monarch, and also portends civil discord and abundance.

… 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)