Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for March 31, 2023

Hodie est pr. Kal. Apr. 2776 AUC ~ 10 Elaphebolion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Parsa explains how decision-making took place in ancient Iraq. When you asked the assembly of gods for a yes/no answer to help you solve a difficult problem, how would they agree on what to reply? Why would these answers be time limited? And how would they make their answer visible in the entrails of the sacrificial sheep?

In this episode we are in Malta at the Under the Mediterranean conference, Lucy catches up with Julie Satchell and Anna Demetriou to talk about maritime archaeological archives and oral histories. They have such huge potential to tell us about the history of our discipline and to uncover previously untold stories about our maritime past.

Given his incredible career, you’d perhaps expect the name of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus to be better known. Born in North Africa in 145AD, he rose to power after distinguishing himself as a military commander at a time of great instability in the Roman Empire. Finally bringing the Year of the Five Emperors to an end, Severus was in power for nearly two decades – so how did he end up perishing in York? In this episode, Tristan welcomes back author (and Severus’ unofficial 21st Century biographer) Dr Simon Elliot. Together, they explore the life and legacy of Septimius Severus – looking at his impact on the history of Ancient Rome, as well as the bloody events surrounding his campaign in Scotland, and asking how one of the most powerful men in the world was eventually brought down.

Liv reads Ovid’s Metamorphoses, translated by Brookes More. Perseus deals with some leftover drama with Andromeda’s family, and the Muses tell the story of Demeter/Ceres, Persephone/Proserpina, and Hades/Pluto.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

No entry for today …

… 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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