Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 18th, 2023

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal.Iun. 2776 AUC ~ 28 Mounichion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Museums are purging their collections of looted treasures. Can they also get something in return? And what does it mean to be a museum in the 21st century? (Part 3 of “Stealing Art Is Easy. Giving It Back Is Hard.”)

It’s the end of our Women of Myth season, and wow, has it been a whirlwind! We had a blast on this season and we hope you did too. We’ll be back July 6 with a brand-new season–one that’s all about ancient history and returns to our roots. Listen in to hear some behind the scenes info, and all about our plans for the coming few months and the season beyond.

What was Rome like before it became one of the biggest cities in the ancient world? How did its early inhabitants adapt to the threat of flooding, and change the landscape to suit their needs? Dr. Andrea Brock of the University of St. Andrews is an expert on the archaeology of Rome’s first few centuries and especially the local environment.

The Ancient Romans are often thought of as ahead of their time. They invented concrete, sophisticated road systems and even underfloor heating. But their approach to murder is starkly different to how the modern world recognises it, and frankly it’s a bit weird. These people saw 26 emperors murdered in one 50-year period, and would watch people being killed for entertainment in the Colosseum. Today Kate is Betwixt the Sheets with Emma Southon to talk murder in Ancient Rome. You can find out more about Emma’s book here.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends discord and war and shortages as a result of it.

… 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)