#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 18, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XIV Kal. Dec. 2774 AUC ~ 14 Maimakterion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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As the end of our tale draws near, the conflict of Antony and Octavian finally turns to violence. Antony decides his future is with Cleopatra. Together, they begin to plan for war; a war which will ultimately decide the fate of the Mediterranean.

Minoan Crete has kept people captivated for millennia, appearing in countless modern cultural practices till this very day. But who are the Minoans? In this episode, Tristan travels down to Oxford to talk to Professor Nico Momigliano, a leading expert in the history and legacy of the Minoans. Join us as we explore the lives, civilisation, and influence of the Minoan past.

Goddess of sex workers, Our Lady of the Castration Foam, the walking embodiment of orgasm herself—Aphrodite was one of the most powerful goddesses in the Olympian pantheon. And as a free, unattached woman with lots of sexual agency, she directly threatened the patriarchy. In this episode, we’ll examine the stories told about Aphrodite–and what they reveal about how the Ancient Greeks felt about women, love, lust, and relationships.

In which Meg chats to Bettina Joy de Guzman, classicist and multi-instrumentalist, about ancient instruments. Bettina plays us several beautiful lyres – deep ones, small ones, some in the shape of triangles – as well as the aulos and a selection of drums.

John J. Miller is joined by Barry Strauss of Cornell University to discuss Josephus’s ‘The Jewish War.’

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends war and misfortune for city folk.

… 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)