#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 16, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVI Kal. Dec. 2774 AUC ~ 12 Maimakterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

nb There may or may not be an issue of #Thelxinoe tomorrow … and early morning appointment may or may not mess up with the timing …

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We talked to Jeremy Swist about his work on the reception of antiquity in heavy metal music. He discussed the ways the genre looks to the past for stories and imagery, and the many fantastic songs and albums that have been produced from this mix. We also talked about the problems with racism and white nationalism that can plague the intersection of the ancient world and metal music.

This episode is a recapitulation of the 20 episodes that make up Series 2 of the Maritime History Podcast. The season as a whole examined the high points of maritime history during the early Iron Age, with a specific focus on the maritime activity of the Phoenicians and how they eventually intersected with the Greeks. Although initially a land-centric empire, the Persians also make a significant appearance. Hopefully this recap can serve as a good summary as we now look to Series 3 and maritime history during classical Greece, and beyond.

When Perseus cut off Medusa’s head, shouldn’t she have lost her power? Dr. Kate Birney says “Definitely not!” and reveals the Middle Eastern origins of this ghastly Greek monster.  Dr. B also shows us how the ancient Greeks used Medusa’s terrifying power to protect themselves from evil spirits.

Thomas Ricks’ book dives deep into the classical educations of four Revolutionary leaders, how a devotion to ancient Greek and Roman works shaped the founders’ beliefs about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and why it matters today.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a flourishing of locusts and field voles, danger for the king, and an abundance of grain.

… 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)