#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 6, 2022

Hodie est pr. Non. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 6 Thargelion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Patron of the podcast Lubos asks, ‘Why was the greek phalanx so ineffective against the Romans? Were they just obsolete or just that the Greek generals didn’t evolve their tactics and formations to counter roman maniples?’ Murray gives us his opinion.

In 222 B.C., two of the world’s most powerful kingdoms saw the coronation of two young monarchs: Antiochus III of the Seleucid Empire, and Ptolemy IV Philopator of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. As Antiochus tries to keep his realm from falling apart in the face of rebellions and the assassination of his older brother, the laziness of Ptolemy allows the court of Alexandria to fall into a whirlwind of conspiracies and corruption among his advisors, serving as a dramatic prelude to the Fourth Syrian War.

Leagues in Greece were not a new concept, with many being in existence in one form or another. So, far the major leagues that we have followed have been the Peloponnesian league and the Hellenic league, with both of these still in operation by 477BC. These were primarily defensive in nature and were formed around city states that had shared interests or a common foe. Though, what would happen once interests were conflicted or a threat had been extinguished?…

Liv speaks with Eduardo García-Molina who studies the Hellenistic Period and the Seleukids specificially, they talk Hellenistic kings and empires, the cultures and people of the east, and so much more (including video games)!

Messalina aka Messy Messalina is the Roman empress with the nastiest reputation. But does she deserve it? TL;DR: we actually don’t know, but probably not. But we can’t wait to hear what you think. If you enjoyed this episode and want more trashy ancient Roman marriages, check out our Agrippina the Younger series. Here’s part 1.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends that crops will ripen too quickly and 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)

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