Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for February 15, 2023

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal. Mart. 2776 AUC ~ 25 Gamelion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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The discovery of a 26th Dynasty mummification workshop has shown that exotic ingredients came from as far as India and Africa. Is this just an early version of Goop, rich people getting sold on weird ingredients just because the poors were catching up? But then how do we explain the sun dried crocodiles? Go ahead, we’ll wait.

She was a woman of unparalleled power, descended from Julius Caesar and Augustus. But how did she get there, whilst most of the rest of her family were exiled and starved to death? And how, then, did she come to be murdered by her own son, Nero? Today Kate is joined by Emma Southon for an introduction to this very powerful hustler, and to find out why she is so often remembered as a seductress. *WARNING there are adult words and themes in this episode*

We’re doing something different this week while Amber is on a whirlwind tour of life admin stuff. In response to some of the conflict over Graham Hancock’s Ancient Apocalypse show on Netflix, Anna has been writing about the double-edged sword of creating archaeology content online. Social media can be a useful tool, but it can also be…well, not great. So, we figured, why not cover two types of content in one!

When Cleopatra took her own life in 30 BC it marked the conclusion of Egypt’s ruling dynasty, but not the end of her family line. Classicist Jane Draycott tells the little-known story of Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, who overcame her parents’ tragic deaths to become a powerful ruler in her own right. Speaking to Rob Attar, Jane explains how Cleopatra Selene trod a fine line between appeasing Rome and honouring her mother’s legacy.

Dr. Sturt Manning, a professor of classical archaeology at Cornell University, joins Lexie to discuss the benefits of Australia’s interdisciplinary scholarship model, approaches to the study of climate archaeology and how they affect us today, and explore the timeline of traumatic climate disasters like the volcanic explosion on Santorini. So tuck in your togas and hop aboard Trireme Transit for this week’s exciting odyssey!

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the air bringing plague and an abundance of wild beasts and mice.

… 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)