Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 19, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XIV Kal. Nov. 2775 AUC ~ 24 Pyanepsion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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The find of ivory decorations for furniture in Iron Age Jerusalem raises many questions. Where does the furniture come from and why does it look so uncomfortable? Were these diplomatic gifts or local knockoffs? Were there really elephants wandering around Syria in this period? Isn’t that what we should really be talking about?

This week’s fun-size offering tackles the mysterious, quasi-historical object known as the Palladium. Readers of myth might remember this as the talisman held in the Trojan citadel which protected the city until it was stolen away by Odysseus and Diomedes. But the story doesn’t end there. Rumor says it went to Athens or Sparta, and then maybe Rome. Is the Palladium something that makes the jump from mythic symbol to historical artifact? Was it something like the ξόανον the Athenians kept in the Erechtheion? Did Elagabalus move the Palladium into his Rumpus Room? Did Constantine bury it under his column? Could it still be there?

The Archaeology Podcast Network is taking a bit of a break for October, 2022. In the mean time, we’re introducing you to some of the other fantastic shows that we produce. Here’s an episode from Tea Break Time Travel about Scottish prehistory and the Pictish Beastie. This month Matilda focuses on the prehistory of Scotland, and specifically that enigmatic carved stone symbol known as the Pictish Beastie. Is it a dolphin? Is it an elephant? Is it a unicorn? To help uncover the mystery of this symbol and provide some background context about Pictish society is guest Hamish Findley Lamley, owner of Pictavia Leather. Join the journey to hear all about the different cultures in Scottish prehistory, the significance of standing stones, and why you would make a zebra-skin sporran. 

In this special bonus series of episodes, Liv is collaborating with QCODE’s new podcast Cupid! Liv will be looking at the mythological background of characters, concepts, and storylines in Cupid. Find Cupid wherever you get your podcasts. Find the Spotify playlist featuring recommended LTAMB episodes here.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the downfall of a ruler of the overthrowing of a king, but it also warns about discord among the common people and also suggests abundance.

… 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)