Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 17, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XVI Ian. 2775 AUC ~ 24 Poseideion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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This is a bonus episode from our Patreon-exclusive catalog! This episode is usually only available to subscribers at the $5 level and up, but we decided to release it on our main feed as a Saturnalia gift to our listeners. Boudicca wasn’t the only Celtic warrior queen who shows up in the ancient sources. We know of one other: Cartimandua, queen of the Brigantes. The Brigantes were neighbors of Boudicca’s people, the Iceni. But while Boudicca rebelled against Rome, Cartimandua sided with the Romans. She’s the one who betrayed the freedom fighter Caratacas, turning him over to the Romans in chains after he fled the battlefield at Caer Caradog. In this episode, we take a closer look at Cartimandua’s life and the reasons behind her decisions.

Did Alexander the Great and the Queen of the Amazons really have sex for 13 days solid? What do we know about his male lovers? And how did his sex life stand up to that of his dad’s? Kate is joined by The Ancients’ Tristan Hughes to find out about Alexander III of Macedon’s time Betwixt the Sheets.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends the birth of locusts, but there will still be abundance.

[Sunday] If it thunders today it portends a major war.

… 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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