Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 23, 2023

Hodie est a.d. X Kal. Apr. 2776 AUC ~ 2 Elaphebolion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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From claims that the alphabet was originated by Atlantians, Francis Bacon using the story as a model of utopia, to the Nazis co-opting Atlantis as the birthplace of the Aryan race, everyone seems to have wanted a slice of the Atlantian pie. Join Tom and Dominic as they explore the academics and the amateurs who lay claim to discovering the real Atlantis.

Shrouded in mystery, the Nuragic culture was an enigmatic Bronze Age Civilisation that lived on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. With their name deriving from the Island’s iconic fortress-like Nuraghe monument – they have not only defined Bronze Age history, but even the very land from which they originated. But why were the Nuragic so obsessed with building these fortresses, and what can we learn from them? In this episode, Tristan is joined by Fitzwilliam Museum curator, Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou, to unravel the mysteries of ancient Sardinia. The builders of the nuraghes left no written records, but new discoveries have shed light on the civilisation and its people. So who what can we learn from the archaeology, and is it possible to find out where they went? Anastasia is the curator of the new Fitzwilliam Museum exhibit Islanders: The Making of the Mediterranean.

In this episode, Rebecca Rideal is joined by ancient world expert and host of Legit Classics podcast, Jasmine Elmer. Together, they explore the life of one of antiquity’s most fascinating women and unravel the troubling sequence of events that lead to her untimely death.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends discord.

… 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)