Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 1, 2022

Hodie est Kal. Nov. 2775 AUC ~ 8 Maimakterion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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“Let him kill me, so long as he reigns” These are reportedly the words spoken by Agrippina when an astrologer told her that her son, Nero, would become the Roman emperor but he would also murder Agrippina. When making a list of the wickedest rulers, Nero is usually near the top. A bloody Roman emperor who burned Christians during parties. His mother Agrippina has often been blamed for the monstrous reign of her son. Her name has become synonymous with incest, murder, greed, and manipulation. In reality, very little is known about the woman behind the myth. As historian Emma Southon writes in her biography on Agrippina, “As a woman, Agrippina exists only when her actions impact on the lives or actions of men in the political or military sphere because in the ancient world, as a woman, she exists only through her relationship with men.” Agrippina was born into a world of wealth, privilege, and confines. There was no guarantee that she would be remembered by history, she just as easily could have become one of the many faceless and nameless women from Antiquity. However, Agrippina fought for her memory to live on. She was a woman who was trained in the confines and expectations of Roman womanhood and blatantly decided to disregard them. This fact secured her a place in the history books but often not a favorable one. To later historians, her assertiveness, ambition, ruthlessness, and political intelligence made her unnatural, more man than woman.

1/4. On the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor lie the burial chambers of some of Ancient Egypt’s greatest pharaohs – Rameses II, Seti I and Tutankhamun. From Luxor, Dan delves into the history of the Valley of the Kings with Alia Ismail whose current project is 3D mapping the tombs. He ventures deep into the earth inside the most magnificent of all the valley tombs- Seti I – as he and celebrated Egyptologist Salima Ikram tell the story of Giovanni Belzoni and the many explorers and archaeologists who set the stage for Howard Carter’s discovery of the century.

Polybius’ theory of anacyclosis is the most sophisticated theory of political (r)evolution to have emerged from ancient Greek and Roman political thought.

Happy Halloween! In this Halloween Special Liv talks to past guest Dr. Ellie Mackin Roberts about all things Underworld: Persephone, Hades, and everyone in between. F

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends discord in the city.

… 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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