Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 3, 2023

Hodie est a.d. III Non. Apr. 2776 AUC ~ 13 Elaphebolion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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The Egyptian city of Alexandria was one of the greatest cities of the ancient Mediterranean world. Founded by Alexander the Great himself in 323BC, the metropolis was nurtured by his successors in Egypt, the Ptolemies, and flourished throughout the Late Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods. Its famed lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the lost tombs of Alexander and even Cleopatra are believed to be there. The legacy endures to this day, but a significant portion of the ancient city is now underwater, lying beneath the eastern harbour of modern Alexandria. In this episode, Tristan is joined by leading expert on the sunken city of Alexandria, Franck Goddio to discuss this dramatic period of history. As an underwater archaeologist who has excavated the submerged city for many years, Franck shares his immense knowledge of the site. Revealing what some of his team’s incredible finds have shown about this underwater metropolis, and trying to separate fact from fiction, just what do we know about this sunken city?

Andreas, Clara, et Ilsa adsumus Kalendis Aprilibus et dolos ferentes! Nos enim alio quodam more ac solito loquimur atque de dolis aut quos in alios adhibuimus aut quibus ipsi decepti sumus disserimus. Vosne umquam aliquem dolo decepistis? An, quod peius sit, decepti estis? Scribite ad nos! Volumus responsa vestra omnia audire!

This is a teaser of the bonus episode, Contact n the East, found over on Patreon. We are now moving on with our bonus episode out of the early development of Athens and Sparta. This will now see us focuing on the theme of the Greek and Persian War. We had covered this period over quite a number of episodes in the series previously, though from a narrative perspective. This time around I want to go back and put certain topics in the spot light, allowing us to explore them a little deeper. For our first episode around the Greco-Persian War theme I want to look at where the Greeks and Persians first made contact. This will take us back some 50 years before the Ionian Revolt where the Anatolian Greeks would first encounter the Persian Empire. We will look at this period before then looking at the first reported contacts with the Persians by the Spartans and Athenians.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends good profits from grain purchased abroad.

… 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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