#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 1, 2022

Hodie est Kal. Apr. 2775 AUC ~ 28 Elaphebolion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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In her book, The Idea of Marathon, Dr Nevin explores the Battle of Marathon from different angles. Not just the events prior to it, but what we know about the battle and how later generations made sense of it all (this includes the modern period). Join us as we cover a lot of ground (historically inaccurate pun intended). There are complaining Greeks, disappearing horses and possibly the greatest canine art cameo ever.

Dr. Jeremy J. Swist, a lecturer in Classics at Brandeis University, joins Lexie to discuss why Classicists only tend to be on Twitter, turning his love of metal music into a career in classics, and whether the age of streaming will help produce more music, literature, and art that will leave a lasting cultural legacy. So tuck in your togas and hop aboard Trireme Transit for this week’s exciting odyssey!

When Pompeii was first excavated in the 18th century, the individuals involved in the re-discovery of this coastal town were surprised (or dare I say ‘shocked’) to discover the massive array of erotic male (and female) genitalia scattered throughout the ancient establishment. Considered taboo and eventually locked away into Pompeii’s now famous, ‘Secret Cabinet’, this museum of wonders was closed off to women until the 1980s. In this fascinating episode, I talk with Australia’s favourite Ancient Historians and hosts of The Partial Historians podcast, Dr Peta Greenfield and Dr Fiona Radford, about the history of sexuality in Ancient Rome and how Roman society’s concepts of ‘gender’, agency, and sexual acts were largely linked to the Roman citizen’s understanding of social status and political power.

Murray tackles this question from Jorn Schneider, ‘How did generals plan campaigns and how did armies find out where to go without maps?’

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends civil discord and declining fortunes.

… 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)