#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 14, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XVIII Kal. Jul. 2775 AUC ~ 15 Skirophorion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Find out about my visit to the Podcast Show 2022 in London this past May, and we fondly remember our good friend Nick Barksdale who sadly passed away this month.

The story of Hero and Leander is one of the most widely known myths of ancient Greece, except, we have no ancient Greek text sources. But that just makes it all the more interesting…

What does it mean to be a “free woman” in the ancient Mediterranean world? Listen in as our guest, Dr. Stephanie Budin, joins Chelsea and Melissa to discuss women who lived outside of the traditional confines of the patriarchy and who were not under the direct control of a man. Dr. Budin, a historian and expert in ancient religion and sexuality, tells us about “harimatu” in ancient Mesopotamia and refutes the idea that these free women were prostitutes. This episode has it all: sex, gender-bending legal documents, and the dismantling of patriarchal assumptions about women’s freedom and the origins of prostitution.

In episode 1 of this four part mini-series on Cleopatra, Tom and Dominic discuss the incredible story of ‘Young Cleopatra’ and her early life in Ptolemaic Egypt.

Join Tom and Dominic for the second episode of this four part mini-series on Cleopatra, where they discuss her relationship with Julius Caesar and the role this relationship played in the politics of Rome.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a very arid climate but there will be an abundant harvest and a reasonable quantity of river fish. People, however, will suffer from weakness.

… 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)