#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 21, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XI Kal. Jul. 2775 AUC ~ 22 Skirophorion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Demeter is overjoyed when Persephone returns, but horrified to learn that her daughter has eaten the food of the underworld. When the two goddesses finally agree to meet  Zeus, they must all come to terms with how their lives will be forever changed.

Vorenus begins gang warfare in the Aventine, Servilia steps up her feud with Atia, Cicero makes a stand the only way he knows how, and Antony violates a household plant. We are also joined by special guest Alan Poul, director of the episode.

What can we say about Boudicca, one of the most famous women from the ancient world? Who was she, and was she even real? Why is she still so important to us today?  Listen in as Dr. Caitlin Gillespie joins Chelsea and Melissa to discuss what we (think we) know about this powerful resistance fighter and how her actions against the imperial Roman army still resonate with modern women in the 21st century.

Liv reads Lucian’s True History, translated by Francis Hickes. In a satirical novel of epic proportions, Lucian invents a world featuring rivers of wine and trips (and resulting wars!) to the moon and the sun. This is not a standard narrative story episode, it’s a reading of an ancient source, audiobook style. For regular episodes look for any that don’t have “Liv Reads…” in the title!

Join Tom and Dominic for the fourth and final instalment in their Cleopatra mini-series, as they discuss Octavian’s propaganda, the war he waged against Antony and Cleopatra, and their ultimate demise.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a shortage of wine, but an increase in other crops and an abundance of fish.

… 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)