Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 4, 2022

Hodie est pr. Non. Nov. 2775 AUC ~ 11 Maimakterion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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/u/Steelcan909 talks with Bret Devereaux and our own Roel Konijnendijk about public history, the changing role of historians both inside and outside of the academy, and of course on proper ditch digging tecninques. 

4/4. Dan descends the very same stone steps into Tutankhamun’s tomb that Carter did, 100 years earlier. From within the chamber, Dan and Egyptologist Alia Ismail give a sense of the awe Carter and Carnarvon would have felt, of the riches and sarcophagi that housed the mummy of Tutankhamun. Meanwhile, Dr Campbell Price gets into the obsession the discovery sparked- ‘tut-mania’- as the public bought all the rolls of film in Luxor and slept on camp-beds in the grounds of the winter Palace hotel, desperate to catch a glimpse of the treasures emerging from the tomb. From the bustling Luxor souk, Dan reflects on why exactly the boy pharaoh captured the world’s imagination and still does to this day.

Patron of the podcast Seanbob sent in this question for Murray to mull over, ‘what is up with foreskin collection? I know Ramses wrote on walls about the stacks of foreskins he collected from the sea peoples, and David bought his wife with foreskins (1 Samuel 18:27). So what is the deal? Was circumcisions popular in some cultures and not others? Why not the whole penis? What did they do with them after they stacked them? Some sort of trophy? Like a deer rack on your Grandpa’s wall? It is one thing to like dicks, it is strange to collect foreskins. What is the deal?’

Liv reads Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book III, translated by Brookes More. The founding of the Theban dynasty… Things don’t go particularly well.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends better grain.

… 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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