Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 11, 2022

Hodie est a.d. III Id. Sex. 2775 AUC ~ 14 Metageitnion in the second year of the 700th Olympia

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Commemorating the 6th anniversary of the death of Mark’s father, and the 75th anniversary of Indian independence, this episode connects widows and partition, and while also touching on the legacy of Alexander the Great, the origins of badminton and tennis, and obscure typesetting vocabulary.

“If Croesus goes to war he will destroy a great empire.” That was the prophecy the Oracle of Delphi delivered to the Lydian King – she just left out that fact it was his own empire that would be destroyed. Known as the Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi was the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Responsible for delivering divine prophecy to those that visited her – she was one of the most revered women in antiquity. In this episode, Tristan is joined by classicist and author Dr Garrett Ryan to talk all things prophecy. With fainting sheep, and godly intervention, was the Oracle really high on fumes – or is that a modern misconception?

For the eighth time, listeners provide questions and Rhiannon and Matt answer! In this episode: – Was Antony rehabilitated? – Did Classical Latin have regional dialects? – How did Romans celebrate their birthday? – Who was the first true Roman emperor? – How much of the Roman Empire remains in the modern world? – What were some of the Roman’s most notable superstitions? – Did a Roman soldier get time off? – When did it become customary for Romans to learn Greek? – Did Rome have a foodie culture? Guest: Dr Rhiannon Evans (Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University)

Rome has just experienced a scandal like no other. A terrible famine had hit in the years 440-439 BCE, and this had caused political chaos. The patrician appointed to secure grain, Lucius Minucius, had not experienced much success. Into the void stepped a wealthy equestrian named Spurius Maelius….

Most accounts of Caesar’s life start later on–such as during his time in Gaul or crossing the Rubicon. But his early life was just as fascinating; maybe even more so. This is the Caesar who stood up to Sulla and refused to divorce his wife. The Caesar who made an early career of prosecuting corrupt governors to cement his cred as a populist–even as it made him powerful enemies. The Caesar who, when kidnapped by pirates, demanded they raise his ransom and spent his time in captivity hanging out on the beach and reading them bad poetry. It’s a fun, lighthearted introduction to Caesar’s life before it takes its dark turn. We hope you enjoy.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a good harvest, but bad things for reptiles and harm to 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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