Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 5, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VIII Id. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 13 Poseideion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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The Final Episode! The Mother of Heroes was awarded first place in the Open Category of our 2022 Creative Writing Competition. It was written by Allan Gaw and narrated by the bestselling historical novelist Lindsey Davis, a former President of the Classical Association and Chair of the Society of Authors.

Emma Jane Palin, interior blogger and stylist joins Jasmine today to chat about how much inspiration our current homes draw from classical interiors. Alongside the more expected chats about mosaics and marble there’s also talk of what every Deco magazine celebrities want to be featured in and even how current music bands are referencing furniture items that have classical provenance!

Continuing with Sophocles’ Antigone… There’s nothing but tragedy in the city of Thebes.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends people being visited with visions of the faces of the gods, and it will lead to bad things.

… 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)

Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 5, 2022

Hodie est Non. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 12 Poseideion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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In this story, inspired by Homer and Sophocles, Benjamin Howell introduces us to Diomedes and Odysseus who are en route to visit an old acquaintance – his name is Philoctetes… The Fox Who Charmed The Snake was narrated by the University of Edinburgh’s Professor Douglas Cairns, Chair of the Classical Association Council and a Fellow of the British Academy.

The princeps is dead, long live the princeps. The year is 54 C.E. The emperor Claudius has just died, and a new Claudius has come to take his place – a fictional Claudius straight from the pages of Seneca the Younger’s Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii, whose boundless cruelty is rivalled only by his own mind-numbing obliviousness. What is Seneca trying to achieve? How does this reflect on Nero? And most bafflingly of all, what’s with all the gourds?

Join Anna and Amber on a tour of third millennium BCE Mesopotamia, where they explore the Royal Tombs of Ur. It has everything: musical instruments, very extra jewelry looks, a Great Death Pit (!), a famous excavator with a flair for the dramatic, even a surprise find nearly a century later in a museum basement. Who was buried there? What makes these tombs so special? What did Sumerian music sound like? How great was that death pit?

Anna and Amber rummage around on the floor of history’s closet to bring you a brief history of shoes from around the world! Learn why caves in the southwestern USA are full of shoes. Find a shoe museum near you for some sole-searching. Enjoy a description of Anna’s favorite goofy historical fashion statement. All this and more!

Kick off Women’s History Month with a show all about some of the earliest representations of women in art! Anna introduces us to the Venus of Willendorf and her curvy comrades, and shares a research study with very modern take on ancient art. Meanwhile Amber bursts our bubble about the matriarchy and goddess religions in Old Europe, and discusses goddess worshippers of past and present at Çatalhöyük in present-day Turkey. Or, as Amber would insist we call it this month, Her-key.

Here at The Dirt, we talk a lot about the things that people leave behind, but we’ve not spent much time talking about what’s left behind of the people themselves. That changes this week, when Anna and Amber discuss excavating, storing, studying, and selling archaeological human remains, and take a look at some of the legal and ethical challenges involved. Content note: this episode contains descriptions of violence done to deceased people and discussion of trafficked human remains.

Most famously known as the birth place of Jesus, Bethlehem has been immortalised in texts, carols, and imagery across history. But prior to the arrival of Jesus and the nativity, Bethlehem had a vibrant, and unexpected history. Located south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, Bethlehem was home to famous figures such as King David and was eventually a favourite spot of Roman Emperor Constantine I. But how do we know about all these figures – and what else is there left to learn? In today’s episode, Tristan is joined by Professor Joan Taylor to help illuminate Bethlehem’s hidden past. Looking at what the archaeology can tell us about this noteworthy settlement, and helping to separate fact from fiction – Joan offers a new take on this ancient village.

How did gladiators take hold in Rome? Where did they come from and how was their use moulded by the big political events of the 1st century BC? In this episode I get into this and other aspects such as a few myths and their fighting stats.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends mangy diseases.

… 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)

Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 3, 2022

Hodie est a.d. III Non. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 10 Poseideion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Welcome to The Classics Podcast Does…Ancient History A Level, designed for students, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the ancient world! Episode 6 features Dr Rosie Wyles and James discussing how we can enjoy and use Aristophanes as a valuable source for this period of ancient Greek history. Part 3 focuses on the Athens Depth Study.

Welcome to The Classics Podcast Does…Ancient History A Level, designed for students, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the ancient world! Episode 6 features Dr Rosie Wyles and James discussing how we can enjoy and use Aristophanes as a valuable source for this period of ancient Greek history. Part 2 focuses on the Sparta Depth Study.

PYROBOLĪ IN HISPĀNIĀ …

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[Saturday] If it thunders today it portends people overconsuming  their flocks because of a shortage of fish

 [Sunday] If it thunders today it portends a harsh winter, but there will also be abundance.

… 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)

Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 2, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IV Non. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 9 Poseideion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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In this episode of TCP Does Ancient History A Level, Professor Judith Mossman talks to James about the life and works of the biographer and historian Plutarch.

Murray got this question from Jonathan via email ‘I read about Caesar bridging of the Rhine, is that how armies bridged rivers after him, following his example, what about before him?’

Athens and Sparta were now in a position to turn their attention to matters within their own spheres of influence, with the truce that existed between them. Sparta would look at eliminating the threats that they had faced on the Peloponnese, seeing Argos now at peace with Sparta, and Tegea brought back into the Peloponnesian league. While negotiations would appear to be taking place with other cities on the Corinthian isthmus…

Liv reads part 1 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book IV, translated by Brookes More. The daughters of Minyas tell stories, including that of Pyramus and Thisbe. Help keep LTAMB going by subscribing to Liv’s Patreon for bonus content! This is not a standard narrative story episode, it’s a reading of an ancient source, audiobook style. For regular episodes look for any that don’t have “Liv Reads…” in the title!

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends an abundance of fish and fruit.

… 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)

Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for December 1, 2022

Hodie est Kal. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 8 Poseideion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad

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Welcome to The Classics Podcast Does…Ancient History A Level, designed for students, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the ancient world! Episode 4 features Professor Peter Liddel and James discussing the importance of Attic Inscriptions to our understanding of this period of ancient history.

A Mesopotamian metropolis that thrived for millennia, Uruk is even claimed by some to have been the first true city in history. Located in modern day Iraq, Uruk was certainly among the oldest urban settlements of the ancient world, and has been a treasure trove of archaeological finds. But was it really the first ever city? And what do we actually know about Uruk’s inhabitants? In this episode, Tristan is rejoined by Dr Paul Collins from the British Museum. Together, they explore Uruk’s monumental building programs, pioneering irrigation systems, and the recent archaeological findings to answer the question – was Uruk one of the first cities?

In this episode, Eric Adler discusses three books related to the humanities and classics. A more detailed list of these works is included in the episode notes.

This time we’re taking a little break from Greece to explore the broader history of democracy. Was democracy really a Greek invention? Historian David Stasavage, author of The Decline and Rise of Democracy, thinks it was not. And in today’s episode he explains why.

For over a thousand years, the ancient Egyptians sent their ships out to trade with a fabulous kingdom. They dragged their ships from the Nile to the coast of the Red Sea, and those ships returned groaning with luxuries beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings. The place they got it all from was the Land of Punt—known to the Egyptians as the Land of the Gods. The Egyptians described just about everything about it, except how to get there. Was Punt in Africa? Was it in Arabia? Was it an island in the far-flung Indian Ocean? Or did it ever exist at all? Today, we try to unravel the mystery.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a healthy and agreeable year.

… 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)