#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 16, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVII Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 3 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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In this episode the Ancient Warfare team are between issues of the magazine, so Mark suggested they discuss coups in the ancient world.

Τριάντα οκτώ ηθοποιοί του ΚΘΒΕ, εν μέσω καραντίνας, ένωσαν τις δυνάμεις τους κι έντυσαν με τις φωνές τους, υπό τη σκηνοθετική καθοδήγηση της Έφης Δρόσου, το μνημειώδες έργο της Οδύσσειας, όπως το απέδωσε με την αριστουργηματική του μετάφραση, ο διακεκριμένος φιλόλογος, ο πανεπιστημιακός δάσκαλος και μεταφραστής αρχαίων συγγραφέων, ο κριτικός λογοτεχνίας και δοκιμιογράφος, ο συγγραφέας και τέως καλλιτεχνικός διευθυντής του ΚΘΒΕ Δημήτρης Μαρωνίτης…

Katie & Cairo focus on men & masculinity in Greek Mythology in the second of a two part episode on gender in mythology

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the people being oppressed by their king.

… 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 January 15, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XVIII Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 2 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Her legend afforded her a place alongside Eve, Cleopatra and Venus, to name just a few of the famous women whose biographies were collected by Giovanni Boccaccio in 1361-2. Though not a household name as the others may be, Tomyris’ story contains all of the hallmarks of an epic. Tomyris was Queen of the Massagetae people, from present day Central Asia, in the 6th century BC. She is remembered in Herodotus’ first book for her vengeful challenge to the bloodthirsty Cyrus the Great. To talk about Tomyris, Queen and commander, Tristan was joined by Christian Djurslev of Aarhus University.

Our guests this episode were Roberta Mazza, Sandra Boehringer (trans. by Annie McCarthy), Marguerite Johnson, Malcolm Choat, Mike Sampson & Ariel Sabar.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

  • If it thunders today, it portends a slave uprising, their subsequent punishment, and an abundance of crops.

… 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 January 14, 2021

Hodie est a.d. XIX Kal. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 1 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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The Roman republic is in full swing and it’s time for the first decemvirate! The growing discontent amongst the population is reaching breaking point according to our narrative sources…

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If it thunders today, it portends a shortage, a plague of mice, and the death of four-footed animals.

… 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 January 13, 2021

Hodie est Id. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 29 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Christopher Davies joins us to talk all about his passion for one of Britain’s archaeological gems – the biggest Roman residence north of the Alps.

Is this Shhhparta?  In this episode Jeff and Dave (with help from Peter Green) make their way toward the narrow pass at Thermopylae and lay the groundwork for one of the most crucial and mythic battles in the history of Western civilization.  What led up to this heroic and tragic encounter?  We watch as Darius the Great gets out-run at Marathon, Darius’ son Xerxes I seeks revenge with a horde of wicker-wearing Immortals, and the Greeks squabble over where to make a stand and how to pronounce “isthmus”.  Join us by channeling your inner Leonidas and inexplicably brushing up on your Scottish accent.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends the outbreak of 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 January 12, 2021

Hodie est pr. Id. Ian. 2774 AUC ~ 28 Poseideon in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad

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Last time, we saw Agrippina the Elder making some big power plays for her children, but ultimately she lost the imperial game. Now we follow her daughter, Agrippina the Younger, as she faces exile and heartbreak, power and prestige, threat and conspiracy. Ever resilient and ambitious, she will achieve feats that no imperial woman has before. Grab a golden cloak, a sharp tongue, and your best swimming stroke. Let’s go traveling.

Tres(!) sodales imaginem quodam die nivali ab Augusto captam tractant, necnon foramina terrestria quae fortasse ad terram australem ducunt.

As the wife to the Emperor and daughter of Germanicus, Agrippina had grown accustomed to being a voice of influence in Rome. When her son Nero takes the title this changes, and she struggles to have her voice heard. Part V of ‘Empresses of Rome’ Guest: Dr Emma Southon (Historian and author of Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore).

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends damage to men’s reputations,  but there will be much food for the animals and plenty 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)