#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 13, 2022

Hodie est a.d. III Id.Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 13 Thargelion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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What happened to people in ancient Rome who were freed from slavery? Turns out there were still invisible threads–economic pressures, imbalances of status, and debts owed to wealthy patrons–that kept many of them in bondage. On the streets of Pompeii, freedom came at a steep price–especially for women. Today, we talk to Elodie Harper–bestselling author of the Wolf Den and the House with the Golden Door–about enslaved people, freedwomen, and glamorous sex workers whose lives were far more precarious than they seemed.

Antony becomes disgruntled with the tedious administrative duties of running an Empire. Cleopatra makes an unexpected appearance, pushing for the legitimacy of her son by Caesar, and Vorenus embarks upon his latest career path as a crime boss of the Aventine.

The legion that wrested control of the Mediterranean region from Carthage and the Successor states is very familiar. But some notions have recently been challenged. Following the discussion of the Roman legion in episode 119, the Ancient Warfare team returns to the topic with this episode looking at issue XV.4 of the magazine.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a rise in rivers and diseases for humans.

… 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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