#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for June 24, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VIII Kal. Jul. 2775 AUC ~ 25 Skirophorion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Patron of the podcast Chris writes, ‘we are told right before the great Illyrian revolt of AD 6-9, the Romans were preparing a campaign against king Maroboduus and the Marcomanni. It is said he had an army of 74,000 (70,000 infantry and 4,000 Cavalry). What do you guys think the outcome would have been of that war/campaign; would he have stood a chance resisting the roman campaign?’

The Delian League had been campaigning in and around the Aegean for the best part of ten years. Thucydides had given us the picture of Athenian growth in power during this period with the league focusing less and less on the Persian threat and looking to police Greeks in the region before then having to turn to their own members looking to leave the league…

Liv reads Ovid’s Heroides, letters from Leander to Hero and Hero to Leander, translated by Grant Showerman. 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 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 June 23, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IX Kal. Jul. 2775 AUC ~ 24 Skirophorion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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This week, we’re going to talk about that time Heracles, the strong man, son of Zeus and noted impenetrable penetrator, lived as a woman. Yes, you read that right. And not only did he live as a woman, he was the submissive to a powerful female dom who took up his lionskin and club as symbols of her own power.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770 – 1831) on history. Hegel, one of the most influential of the modern philosophers, described history as the progress in the consciousness of freedom, asking whether we enjoy more freedom now than those who came before us. To explore this, he looked into the past to identify periods when freedom was moving from the one to the few to the all, arguing that once we understand the true nature of freedom we reach an endpoint in understanding. That end of history, as it’s known, describes an understanding of freedom so far progressed, so profound, that it cannot be extended or deepened even if it can be lost. With Sally Sedgwick Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Boston University Robert Stern Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield And Stephen Houlgate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends good times, a putting aside of differences, and an end to disease.

… 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 June 22, 2022

Hodie est a.d. X Kal. Jul. 2775 AUC ~ 23 Skirophorion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Melite was an ancient Roman settlement on the site of M’Dina in modern Malta. A small island in the middle of the mediterranean, Malta was in the path of wars and trade routes throughout the classical period, and we’re only just beginning to learn what it mean to live in Roman Malta. Guest: Robert Brown (PHD candidate in archaeology, Australian National University, and managing director of the Melite Civitas Romana Project).

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends very devastating hot weather.

… 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 June 21, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XI Kal. Jul. 2775 AUC ~ 22 Skirophorion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Demeter is overjoyed when Persephone returns, but horrified to learn that her daughter has eaten the food of the underworld. When the two goddesses finally agree to meet  Zeus, they must all come to terms with how their lives will be forever changed.

Vorenus begins gang warfare in the Aventine, Servilia steps up her feud with Atia, Cicero makes a stand the only way he knows how, and Antony violates a household plant. We are also joined by special guest Alan Poul, director of the episode.

What can we say about Boudicca, one of the most famous women from the ancient world? Who was she, and was she even real? Why is she still so important to us today?  Listen in as Dr. Caitlin Gillespie joins Chelsea and Melissa to discuss what we (think we) know about this powerful resistance fighter and how her actions against the imperial Roman army still resonate with modern women in the 21st century.

Liv reads Lucian’s True History, translated by Francis Hickes. In a satirical novel of epic proportions, Lucian invents a world featuring rivers of wine and trips (and resulting wars!) to the moon and the sun. 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!

Join Tom and Dominic for the fourth and final instalment in their Cleopatra mini-series, as they discuss Octavian’s propaganda, the war he waged against Antony and Cleopatra, and their ultimate demise.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a shortage of wine, but an increase in other crops and an abundance of fish.

… 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 June 20, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XII Kal. Jul. 2775 AUC ~ 21 Skirophorion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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The Stoics Thrasea and Soranus go on trial. And we run out of Tacitus.

Award winning writer of The Little Cookbook series, Kate Young brings her knowledge and love of food to the pod this week to chat to Jasmine about ancient thinking about food, dining and why Pythagoras really had a thing about beans…

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends discord for the community.

… 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)