#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 16, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVII kal. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 12 Poseideon in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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For the seventh time, listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer! In this episode: – What happened to the original sources – Did the Romans have dogs, and how did they use them? – What types of jobs did the Romans have that don’t exist today? – Did far-flung provinces retain their own languages? – What kind of libraries did the Romans have? – Did Emperors support the arts? – Have we rethought Domitian? Guest: Associate Professor Rhiannon Evans (Head of School of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University)

Contrary to popular belief, parties in Ancient Rome were not all depraved wine-fuelled orgies. In fact, Roman get-togethers were relatively tame by the standards of today. They often consisted of noble families sharing elaborate food dishes and entertaining one another with theatrical hysterics. Parties among less wealthy citizens were simpler, yes, but no less raucous. Bashes of all kinds—whether to celebrate great military victories or mark important festivals such as Saturnalia—were beacons of status and huge networking opportunities, which explains why they became such a core feature of everyday Roman life. So, not all crazy sex parties after all! In this episode, Tristan is joined by Dr Ian Goh, Professor of Ancient History at Swansea University, to find out how to party like it’s 1 BC.

Get ready for a real trip back to ancient Egypt, where Caesar is green, triumphs feature sports cars and gladiators bring handguns to the arena. Joined by animation expert Chiara Sulprizio, we dig into this animated adult fantasy/sci-fi/historical epic by Osamu Tezuka and Eiichi Yamamoto. This is really one of the wilder takes on ancient history we’ve ever seen and even if it’s not your bag – and for many it probably won’t be – it’s definitely worth a viewing just to take in its sheer wildness and reconsider our modern myths about Cleopatra.

After spending many, many episodes on the events of 449 BCE, we are now flying through multiple years in ONE episode! Ah, the ups and downs of the early Republic. Tune in to find out what happened to Rome in 448, 447 and 446 BCE.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends complicated situations for the state.

… 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)

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