Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for August 24, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Sept. 2775 AUC ~ 27 Metageitnion in the second year of the 700th Olympia

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A new article on Neolithic skulls raises questions, like just how did all those skulls get separated from the bodies? Were there human sacrifices in the Neolithic or were there “ancestor cults,” whatever those were? Our contestants must dodge the ick factor to get to the Truth.

In this episode, we interview Professors Jacqui Carlon and Peter Barrios-Lech. NECJ’s Spring 2022 issue was a special issue in honor of Prof. Carlon, and Prof. Barrios-Lech served as a Guest Co-Editor. In our conversation with Professors Carlon and Barrios-Lech, we discuss Prof. Carlon’s career and her work in such areas as ancient epistolography, Latin pedagogy, and Latin readers.

For the first half of the first millennium CE, Himyar was based in what is today Yemen and flourished thanks to its role in inter-regional trade. We’ll discuss the political landscape of ancient southern Arabia, the conversion of the Himyarite dynasty from polytheism to Judaism, and recently published research on environmental factors that contributed to the Himyarite state’s decline and eventual conquest.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the loss of noble youths.

… 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)