#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 5, 2022

Hodie est a.d. III Non. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 4 Thargelion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Brutus and Cassius lead a conspiracy to murder Julius Caesar to save Rome from a tyrannical king, but Brutus finds himself confronted by a mysterious spirit that may or may not represent his Fate… This story is adapted from Plutarch, Life of Brutus 36 and 48, and Life of Caesar 69. It’s followed by a discussion of the death of Julius Caesar and his relationship with Brutus, the ways in which Shakespeare adapted Plutarch’s biography for his play Julius Caesar, and exactly what kind of “spirit” it was that Plutarch claims Brutus saw.

Described as the “most important piece of prehistoric art to be found in Britain in the last 100 years”, an elaborately decorated 5000 year-old chalk cylinder, discovered buried with 3 child skeletons in Yorkshire and as old as the first phase of Stonehenge, is going on display at the British Museum for the first time ever. To find out what the drum is, how it was found and what it tells us about Britain at the time Stonehenge was constructed, Tristan got special access to the World of Stonehenge exhibition. He spoke to Project Archaeologist Alice Beasley and Project Curator Dr Jennifer Wexler, who make up part of the team responsible for the drum’s discovery, investigation and display.

This week, we’re taking a break from the story of Achilles to discuss the Illiad from an angle that’s not as often covered: the story of the women of the House of Atreus, the family of Agamemnon. In this episode, bestselling author Jennifer Saint introduces us to Clytemnestra and Elektra–Agamemnon’s wife and daughter–as well as the priestess and prophetess Cassandra, and the murderous curse that casts a shadow over their fates.

Do you get excited by a trip to the office supply store? Is The Home Edit your favourite show on Netflix? Then this is the episode for you! The Romans are in an organisation frenzy. Grab your red tape, post-its, a sword, and we’re off to 443 BCE. Expect some bureaucracy and civil war in Ardea.

During the conclusion of our coverage of Caligula, we reach the series of events for which he is best known.  Did he really try to make his horse a consul? What’s all of this talk about his sister?? Seashells??? The truth, if you can ever really know the truth, may surprise you! Tune in to hear the conclusion of Caligula’s tale and my final thoughts.  Thanks for listening!!

Today’s featured guest is Shakeel Ahmed, an MA student in the Department of Classics and Archaeology. Shakeel shares with us his research on homosexual culture in Ancient Athens, the importance of queer history, and how the study of the ancient world continues to be relevant to modern issues.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an exchange of disputes in politics and wheat being more plentiful than barley. Vegetables, however, will be ruined.

… 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)