#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 25, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VII Kal. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 24 Mounichion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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In this episode, we bring the Second Punic War to a close as Hannibal tries to conquer southern Italy, while the Scipio and Barcid families clash over control of the Iberian Peninsula. During the Spanish campaigns, Publius Scipio (the future Scipio Africanus) becomes the premier general of the Republic, bringing the fight to Africa itself as he clashes with Hannibal at the legendary confrontation at Zama.

Time for the big one. Cannae is one of the most famous battles of antiquity. Not only did Rome suffer a crushing defeat but the tactics behind the victory have been studied by generals and military tacticians ever since. In this episode I discuss what happened in the lead up to it, trust me there’s a drama at every turn. From dictators to deceptive cattle. Then there’s the battle itself which I try to unpack to see how each side approached it and what tactics were used. Aside from the brutality and bloodshed there’s a lot to get into.

The 23rd of April marks Saint George’s Day – but who are we actually celebrating? Is there any truth behind the myth of the man who slew the dragon and rescued the princess – and where does the Patron Saint of England actually come from? Spoiler alert – it’s not where you think. In this episode Tristan travelled to the Lancashire Archives to talk to Dr Sam Riches, from Lancaster University, about all things Saint George. Religious origins, centuries old cults, and farm animals going on a day out to the local church – there’s more to Saint George than the well known myth.

Does this popular phrase mean what you think it means? Check out the first episode of season 2 of Manic Classics and find out the history of the powerful phrase: love conquers all.

Join hosts Emily Long, Chelsi Slotten, and Kirsten Lopez, as we explore the works and contributions of women archaeologists from the past and present. These are women that inspire not only us, but the field of archaeology as a whole to do better, be better, and create great work.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a year of peace.

… 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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