#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 21, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XII kal. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 17 Poseideon in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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The permanent home of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, has been the subject of a heated, decades-long debate. Currently housed in the British Museum, Greece has been proactively campaigning for their return since the 1980s. But, how did this controversy start and why did the marbles end up in London, to begin with? In this episode, we find out with the help of Nick Malkoutzis and Georgia Nakou, two Greek journalists and contributors to Macropolis (www.macropolis.gr). You can also hear more from Nick and Georgia on the English-language podcast about greek politics and society, The Agora.

In this episode, we interview Professors Daniel Libatique and Dominic Machado of the Holy Cross Classics Department. We delve into their recent article, Lector Intende, Laetaberis: A Research-Based Approach to Introductory Latin, that was published in NECJ’s spring 2021 issue. How have colleagues received their new idea of pedagogy? How effective has their approach been during the pandemic? What are the pros and cons of content-based instruction? Listen to find out.

Edward Watts startled me with his claim that the Western Roman Empire didn’t fall in AD 476. And he has other revisionist takes on Roman history. (Domitian a much better emperor than Trajan??) I love Roman history and enjoyed this episode hugely. His book The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea is absolutely terrific. A superb balance between the detail and a sweeping narrative.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a hot and disease bearing wind.

… 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)