Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 16, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XVI Kal. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 23 Maimakterion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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This week, we hear from Professor Laurence Totelin, who is a specialist in ancient pharmacology and botany at the University of Cardiff, Wales. She is an historian of Greek and Roman Science, Technology, and Medicine and has published wildly on of ancient pharmacology, gynecology, botany and sensory studies. She is currently working on the history of pharmacological retail; the history of plant grafting; and the history of ancient cosmetics and sexual aids, such as aphrodisiacs. With Dr. Patty Baker and Professor Helen King, she helped create a MOOC Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World. In this episode, Professor Totelin  speaks with us about ancient medicines, Greco-Roman classifications of pharmaceutical ingredients, and medical recipes.

The discovery of cheese in a 25th Dynasty Egyptian tomb made us realize, everybody loves cheese. But what is cheese, really? And whether a spreadable chevre or a squeaky halloumi, how did people even survive it before pasteurization? Our panelists stand proudly with the cheese.

We’re back with more bonus mythological content based on QCODE’s new podcast CUPID! This time… Furies! Underworld gods! Chthonic everything! Listen to Cupid wherever you get your podcasts. F

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an outbreak of locusts and field voles, danger for the king, and an abundance of 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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