Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for November 23, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 30 Maimakterion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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This week the Roman historian and archaeologist Jane Draycott takes us to meet one of history’s most glamorous and infamous couples, Antony and Cleopatra. We join them in a crucial year in the history of Ancient Rome, around 31/30 BCE, when the Roman republic fell away and Octavian – later Emperor Augustus – seized power and founded the Roman Empire, with disastrous consequences for Antony, Cleopatra and their children.This dramatic piece of history forms the origin story of Cleopatra Selene, Antony and Cleopatra’s only daughter and the subject of Jane’s fascinating new book, Cleopatra’s Daughter: Egyptian Princess, Roman Prisoner, African Queen. In this episode we explore the years leading up to the Battle of Actium as well as the battle itself and Antony and Cleopatra’s subsequent suicides. We unravel the truth behind some of the most famous stories about the couple, and explore the nature of female political power in the ancient world.

Along with Achilles, Hector, Helen and Cassandra, one of the most famous names associated with Troy is Heinrich Schilemann, German businessman and ‘discoverer’ of Troy.  In this entertaining story, Rebecca Lewis-Oakes reimagines how Schilemann’s discovery came about, with a little help from the gods…

Lucius has been turned into a donkey after using the wrong body lotion. Then, he was kidnapped by bandits. Things are about to get a whole lot worse for Lucius.

We’re back with more bonus mythological content based on QCODE’s new podcast CUPID! This time, the finale… What’s the deal with Greek myth, anyway? Listen to Cupid wherever you get your podcasts. Find more LTAMB episodes devoted to these characters and stories in this Spotify playlist, and even more playlists here.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a disease-carrying wind.

… 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)