Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for October 27, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Nov. 2775 AUC ~ 3 Maimakterion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Welcome back to Accessible Art History: The Podcast. This week, I’m discussing Nero’s Golden House, or the Domus Aurea.

Nicknamed the 8th wonder of the ancient world, the Colosseum still stands in splendour today. Located in the heart of Rome, nestled at the bottom of the Palatine Hill, neighbouring the ancient Roman Forum – the Colosseum is nearly 2000 years old. But who is responsible for this colossal amphitheatre, and what exactly was it built for? Tristan is joined by Dr Nathan Elkins to talk about this monument of Roman imperialism, and to take a look at the role it has played throughout history. Taking 10 years and 3 emperors to be completed – the crumbling marble was once decorated with vibrant colours and architectural features, representative of Roman might and decadence. Home to beast hunts, gladiatorial games, and one of the most remarkable sewage systems in the ancient world – what can we learn about Roman life from one of the world’s most famous monuments?

The Kushans were the premier dynasty of the Yuezhi, a nomadic confederation that migrated and settled in northern Bactria during the mid-to-late second century BC. With a steady hand, their empire would eventually encompass most of Central Asia and Northwestern India for the next 300 years, the former heartlands of the Greco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek kingdoms. Dr. Lauren Morris lends her expertise on this often poorly understood group, tracing the history of the Kushans and their impact on the broader framework of Eurasia by using key archaeological finds such as the Begram Hoard to illustrate the dynamism of these kings in their presentation and policies.

When Cleopatra and Antony stood side by side they were at the pinnacle of power. Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator was the queen of an ancient civilisation, and heir to the unmatched cultural achievements of Greece. Marcus Antonius of Rome contended for control of the empire. Together they fought against Octavian and would bring about the end of the republic, and the start of a new age for Rome.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends heavy rain.

… 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)