Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 9, 2023

Hodie est a.d. V Id. Feb. 2776 AUC ~ 19 Gamelion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Tune in this week as the guys wrap up Aeneid 9 and take a look at the fallout and aftermath of Nisus’ and Euryalus’ disastrous midnight raid. When the Rutulians wake to the bloody devastation, its off to besiege the city in which the Trojans, sans Aeneas, are hiding. In this “reverse Iliad”, we find the foreign aggressors — Aeneas and company — besieged within a city by the invaded inhabitants on the plain. Along the way, we’re met with an interesting digression in which Vergil honors motherhood with a threnody from Euryalus’ otherwise anonymous mother. He also gives us another invocation of the muse, this time of Calliope, inspiratrix of epic poetry. As full-scale war breaks out, we see Turnus unleashed, and another little hero step forward: Ascanius, Aeneas’ son. In his martial aristeia, he dispatches the Rutulian braggart Numanus, after a real, real long monologue. There may be some limericks and lighthearted moments along the way, but don’t look for any spoilers here!

This week we thought we’d do something a little different–and bring you a sneak peek of our audiobook version of Women of Myth. This version is available for preorder, and we recorded it ourselves, along with Liv from Let’s Talk About Myths Baby! who recorded her introduction. We picked three entries to share, from three different areas of the world. These women are so fascinating and awesome that we’re sure you’ll love them as much as we did. We hope you enjoy!

After the Bronze Age Collapse, Greece changed dramatically. The palaces were gone, long-distance trade declined, and crafts became much simpler. Most of all, there were fewer people living in Greece than there had been during the Mycenaean period. For all these reasons, scholars have often called this time the “Greek Dark Age.” But how dark was it, and what was life like after the palaces fell?

This special release is a recording from December 2022 with Dr. Nandini Pandey’s class at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). In the episode, you’ll hear Lexie and Dan discuss with the class their preconceived notions before the course, things they wish they could tell future students, (de)constructing classics, perspectives on how the ancient world intersects with their modern interests, and of course, a reading of the poem Ozymandias by the whole class.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends danger for a king in the east.

… 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)