#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 22, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XII Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 19 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Another year, another episode of the Ancient World Magazine podcast! In this episode, Josho Brouwers is joined by contributing editor Joshua Hall, regular contributor Arianna Sacco, and special guest Silvannen Gerrard to talk about chariots. A chariot is a fast and light vehicle with two spoked wheels, drawn by a team of at least two horses. In this sense, it should not be confused with the heavier two-wheeled carts or with waggons, which have four wheels. We start with a brief survey of the origins of the chariot, including the Sumerian battle-carts of the third millennium BC. We then turn our attention to the introduction of the chariot proper, its use in the armies of the Bronze Age kingdoms, and how they eventually made way, in the Early Iron Age, to what we refer to as “true” cavalry. Still, even after the introduction of cavalry, chariots did not immediately fall out of the use. They continued to be used in the armies of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, and we also encounter them in a military context on ancient Greek vases. As usual, there are problems of interpretation, but chariots did continue in use on the battlefield for some time. The best late examples are probably the scythed chariots of the Hellenistic era.

In the final series episode of the Ithaca Bound Podcast, Professor Ivana Petrovic, Department of Classics and Department Chair, University of Virginia, joins the show to explore what scholars know about the Greek pantheon.

We’re talking about the Pisonian Conspiracy of 65. Who started it and why? Theories involve an angry poet and an angry gay man seeking revenge.

Liv speaks with archaeologist David S. Anderson about the concept, and harm, of pseudoarchaeology. Why it matters to promote false notions of alien intervention and the study of the very real ancient people of the world is much more important.

Spoilers for all of AC Odyssey, particularly the Atlantis DLC, obviously. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is known for its accuracy… so where did it get Atlantis? Liv speaks with returning guest Dr. Kira Jones all about the world of Assassin’s Creed Atlantis.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday]  If it thunders today, it portends abundance, including mice and deer.

[Sunday] If it thunders today, it portends good order for the city.

… 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)