Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 1, 2022

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

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Welcome to The Classics Podcast Does…Ancient History A Level, designed for students, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the ancient world! Episode 4 features Professor Peter Liddel and James discussing the importance of Attic Inscriptions to our understanding of this period of ancient history.

A Mesopotamian metropolis that thrived for millennia, Uruk is even claimed by some to have been the first true city in history. Located in modern day Iraq, Uruk was certainly among the oldest urban settlements of the ancient world, and has been a treasure trove of archaeological finds. But was it really the first ever city? And what do we actually know about Uruk’s inhabitants? In this episode, Tristan is rejoined by Dr Paul Collins from the British Museum. Together, they explore Uruk’s monumental building programs, pioneering irrigation systems, and the recent archaeological findings to answer the question – was Uruk one of the first cities?

In this episode, Eric Adler discusses three books related to the humanities and classics. A more detailed list of these works is included in the episode notes.

This time we’re taking a little break from Greece to explore the broader history of democracy. Was democracy really a Greek invention? Historian David Stasavage, author of The Decline and Rise of Democracy, thinks it was not. And in today’s episode he explains why.

For over a thousand years, the ancient Egyptians sent their ships out to trade with a fabulous kingdom. They dragged their ships from the Nile to the coast of the Red Sea, and those ships returned groaning with luxuries beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings. The place they got it all from was the Land of Punt—known to the Egyptians as the Land of the Gods. The Egyptians described just about everything about it, except how to get there. Was Punt in Africa? Was it in Arabia? Was it an island in the far-flung Indian Ocean? Or did it ever exist at all? Today, we try to unravel the mystery.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a healthy and agreeable year.

… 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)